Program Description

The Associate in Science Degree in Geology for Transfer provides a foundation in the physical sciences necessary for continued training at the upper division level for geology majors. It is a starting point for students who are preparing for careers in education, geoscience research, and government, where scientific and technical skills are in great demand.

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All courses must be numbered 1-99. Students must complete a minimum of 28 units, as set forth below. Additional CSU transferable units may be used to reach the 60 unit maximum for the degree if necessary.

The Associate in Science Degree in Geology for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.  

Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements

Required Core (28 Units)

  • GEOL 001 - Physical Geology (4)
  • GEOL 002 - Historical Geology (4)
  • CHEM 001A - General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis (5)
  • CHEM 001B - General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis (5) 
  • MATH 005A - Single Variable Calculus I (5)
  • MATH 005B - Single Variable Calculus II (5)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the physical structure and morphology of the earth and operation of earth systems through the plate tectonic paradigm.
  2. Articulate the general physical and biological history of the Earth through time.
  3. Identify and classify earth materials, and demonstrate an understanding of their chemical makeup.


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