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  Dec 13, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

Geology, A.S.


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Geologists study the Earth, the processes that shape it, the resources we get from it, and the impact of human action on it. Geologists work in petroleum and mineral exploration, researching and predicting natural disasters, and teaching. An increasing number of geologists focus on environmental work, ensuring adequate water supplies and reducing pollution. In the typical four-year curriculum, the first two years are spent studying basic sciences, including mathematics, chemistry, and physics. The last two years emphasize advanced science courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Associate in Science degree prior to transfer.

Suggested Curriculum


I. General Education Core (33-34)


Area A: Communication (9 credits)


Area B: Humanities and Fine Arts (6 credits)


Select two courses from the list for Area B  with one course selected from the humanities area and one course from the fine arts area.

Area C: Mathematics (5 credits)


Area D: Physical and Life Sciences (7-8 credits)


Area E: Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)


Select two courses in two different disciplines from the list for Area B  .

II. Area of Concentration/Major Field (22-23)


Select one MATH course and one ASTRO, BIOL, CHEM, ENGR, GEOG (not GEOG 101), GEOLO, METEO, PHYSC, or PHYSI course from the list for Courses Approved for Transfer to qualify for an A.S. degree. Each course must be 3 credits or more. The courses below are recommended to meet this requirement as they are typically taken by freshmen and sophomores at universities for this specific major.

Required A.S. Degree Program Total: 62 credits


*Some universities require algebra-based physics (PHYSI 120 , PHYSI 130 ). Others require calculus-based physics (PHYSI 210 ,PHYSI 220 )

Each college and university has its own major requirements and transfer policies. Consult the schools you are considering and a PSC advisor to discuss courses and their transferability.

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