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Associate Degree for Transfer: Geology

 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: 
The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in Geology provides the foundation for students interested in the study of the earth and provides breadth in both geologic processes and earth history. Field-based experiences and investigations are critical to geology and, within this degree, core courses and recommended transferable electives prepare the transfer student for university studies that expound upon such experiences. The Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer degree is designed to provide students with a common core of lower division courses required to transfer and pursue a baccalaureate (4-year) degree in geology in the CSU system.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES: 

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

  1. Describe major concepts and provide theoretical perspectives in geology utilizing appropriate vocabulary.
  2. Develop and apply basic research methods as required in field and laboratory studies in geology.
  3. Practice critical thinking to evaluate internal and surface Earth processes and their results.
  4. Utilize geologic concepts and theory to analyze and interpret field situations supported by lab and field-collected evidence. 

REQUIREMENTS: 

In addition to the 37-39 unit general education pattern for CSU or IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer Degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in this major.

Suggested Sequences of Classes for Associate in Science in Geology


Semester Offered\Method of Instruction
Semester 1 (Fall) 
Course Course Name Units Fall Spring Summer
ESCI 1 Physical​ Geology 4 units ITV/FF

CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5 units​ FF FF
​MATH 3A Calculus 3A​ 4 units​ FF​ FF​
Semester 2 (Spring)
ESCI 2 Historical Geology 4 units
FF
CHEM 1B General Chemistry 5 units FF FF
​MATH 3B Calculus 3B​ 5 units​ FF FF​
Semester 3 (Fall)
ESCI 3* Mineralogy and Crystal Optics
5 units FF

​MATH 14* Introduction to Statistics​ 4 units​ FF,O​ FF,O​ FF,O​
​PHYS 2A* General College Physics​ 4 units​ FF​
Semester 4 (Spring)
BIOL 1* Principals of Biology 4 units FF FF
​PHYS 2B* General College Physics​ 4 units​ FF​
​ESCI 15* Oceanography​ 4 units​ FF​ FF​
Required Core
CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5 units


CHEM 1B General Chemistry 5 units

ESCI 1 Physical Geology 4 units


​ESCI 2 Historical Geology​ 4 units​
​MATH 3A Calculus​ 4 units​
​MATH 3B Calculus​ 5 units​
Additional Recommended Preparation^
While these additional courses are not required for this degree, completing these courses will better prepare students for upper division coursework in geology. Some of these may be required for the Bachelor’s degree. Check the catalog for the CSU campus t​o which you plan to transfer.
BIOL 1* Principals of Biology



ESCI 3* Mineralogy and Crystal Optics

ESCI 14 Meteorology



​ESCI 15 Oceanography​
​MATH 14* Statistics​
​PHYS 2AB* ​General College Physics
​PHYS 4AB* ​Physics
Field Courses
​​​The Shasta College Earth Science Department recommends taking as many field courses as possible.  The courses alternate over semesters.
ESCI 32** Geology of the Northern Sierras 1.5 units


ESCI 33** Geology of the Sacramento Valley 1.5 units​

ESCI 34** Geology of the Modoc Plateau 1.5 units



​ESCI 35** ​Geology of the Lassen Volcanic Park and Vicinity 1.5 units
ESCI 36** ​Geology of Mt. Shasta and Vicinity 1.5 units
ESCI 37** Geology of the Northern California Coast 1.5 units
ESCI​ 38** ​Geology of the Point Reyes National Seashore 1.5 units
Required for Major: 27 units
Additional General Ed Total: 37-39 units
General Electives: 0-3 units
Degree Total = 60
 

Key to table abbreviations

O = Course is Offered Online 
ITV = Course is offered through Interactive Video 
FF = Course is offered Face to Face (in-person)
HYB = Hybrid

* May be used to fulfill CSU General Educati​on requirements.  See a counselor.
May be used to fulfill IGETC requirements. See a counselor

** The Shasta College Earth Science Department recommends taking as many field courses as possible.  The courses alternate over semesters.


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