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University Transfer Program
60–70 transferable units

California State University
University of California
Independent Colleges and Universities

Program Overview

An Associate degree in Geological Science prepares the student for transfer to a baccalaureate institution for a four-year degree in Geology. While some jobs are available for technicians with Associate degrees in Geological Science, a Bachelor's degree in Geology is a minimum requirement for employment in exploratory geology, minerals management, and engineering.

Approximately 40% of geologists work for oil and gas companies, either in service or exploration. Some work for mining and quarrying companies, while others work as consultants or are self-employed. Government agencies provide employment opportunities with the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Geologic Survey, and Bureau of Reclamation.

Geology (AS) Requirements

Major Requirements
Required Core Courses: 18 units Units
GEOL 100 Survey of Geology 3 units
GEOL 101 Geology Laboratory 1 unit
PALN 110 General Paleontology 3 units
PALN 111 Paleontology Laboratory/Field Studies 1 unit
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I 5 units
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II 5 units
Additional recommended preparation (not required): Units
MATH 241 Applied Calculus I 5 units
MATH 242 Applied Calculus II 3 units
PHYS 210 General Physics I 4 units
PHYS 220 General Physics II 4 units
MATH 251 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5 units
MATH 252 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 5 units
PHYS 250 Physics with Calculus I 4 units
PHYS 260 Physics with Calculus II 4 units
Total Required Major Units: 18

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.