Geology for Transfer

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

Geology is an interdisciplinary science that seeks to study and understand the physical processes of Earth and other planets, including plate tectonics, rocks, minerals, earthquakes, volcanoes, the fossil record and Earth’s history and past climate, and natural geological resources.

The Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will transfer with junior standing to the California State University system.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate ideas about the natural universe using testable methodology, differentiate between scientific and non-scientific information, and demonstrate understanding of the scientific method by designing a valid scientific inquiry.
  • examine and enumerate orally and/or in writing the importance of continuous examination and modification of accepted ideas as a fundamental element in the progress of science.
  • analyze a wide variety of natural phenomena using basic definitions and fundamental theories of natural science.
  • apply knowledge of current geologic processes to the understanding of Earth’s past geologic history.
  • synthesize diverse geological terminology and concepts and be able to explain them to a diverse audience.
  • evaluate and analyze contemporary geologic problems including the implications of human activities on geologic resources.
  • integrate information about the rate and scale of simple geologic processes and be able to convert between them.

Associate in Science for Transfer Degree

The Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer (AS-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.