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Geologists study the origin, history, composition, and structure of the earth, both for scientific knowledge and for practical purposes such as locating oil, minerals, and other raw materials; and for compiling architectural safety reports, maps, and diagrams. They use knowledge of chemistry, physics, math, and biology, to analyze the data and specimens. Some possible career choices are found in the environmental consulting industry, pollution remediation, public policy and environmental law. Career titles include meteorologist, oceanographer, seismologist, soil scientist, structural geologist and teacher.

Geology, Associate Degree for Transfer

The Associates of Science Transfer degree in Geology provides the foundation needed for students to transfer to a CSU with the lower division courses required to complete a bachelor's degree in a Geoscience major. Students will have the foundational math, chemistry, and geology courses along with their IGETC requirements completed allowing the student to seamlessly transition to a CSU and complete their upper division courses. 

Program Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate an understanding of the history of the Earth including the timing and impact of the major epochs and how they impacted life on Earth. Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate the ability to identify and classify Earth's materials and identify their chemical make up. Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate an understanding of the geologic, biologic, and chemical processes that shape the Earth including the formation, weathering, and movement of rocks.

Area of Emphasis: (28 Units)

Required Courses: (28 units)

CHEM 11,General Chemistry I(5)
CHEM 12,General Chemistry II(5)
GEOL 4,Physical Geology with Lab(4)
GEOL 5,Historical Geology with Lab(4)
MATH 7,Calculus 1(5)
MATH 8,Calculus 2(5)