Geology AS-T Degree
Provides students with a common core of lower division course required to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Geology in the CSU system.
Associate in Science for Transfer | SC Program: AS-T.1005
A geology major gains a deep understanding of the physical composition of the Earth and the forces acting on it. The Shasta College Geology Department provides the foundation for students interested in the student of the earth and provides breadth in both geologic processes and earth history.
The Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer degree 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.
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A program map shows all the required and recommended courses you need to graduate and a suggested order in which you should take them. The suggested sequence of courses is based on enrollment and includes all major and general education courses required for the degree.
Fall Semester, First Year13 Units Total
A course for science and engineering majors which covers the nature of atoms, molecules, and ions; chemical reactions; precipitation, oxidation-reduction, and acid/base chemistry; stoichiometry; electronic structure; periodicity; chemical bonding and molecular structure; properties of solids, liquids, and gases; and an introduction to thermodynamics and solutions. The lecture and discussion portions of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
This course is the first semester of a four-semester sequence covering differentiation of single variable functions, applications of the derivative, an introduction to integration, and an introduction to differential equations. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
Spring Semester, First Year17 Units Total
An introduction to chemical kinetics, nuclear chemistry, transition metals, and organic chemistry; along with continued, in-depth study of equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, acid-base and solution chemistry. The lecture and discussion portions of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
Techniques of integration, including substitution, integration by parts and partial fractions. Improper integrals. Applications of integration to geometry and physics: finding areas, volumes and arclength, work, center of mass and fluid force. Sequences, series, absolute convergence and convergence tests, power series and Taylor and MacLaurin series. First-order ordinary differential equations and linear second-order differential equations. Parametric and polar curve differentiation and integration. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
This course is an introduction to the physical processes that drive Earth as a dynamic planet. Both internal and external processes are considered as well as their inter-relationships. Discussion in the course will include Earth's internal structure, plate tectonics, minerals and rocks and their origins, surface processes, geologic structures such as faulting and folding, metamorphism, sedimentation, soil formation, geologic time including radiometric methods, geologic hazards such as earthquakes, volcanism, mass wasting, flooding, and the vital nature of Earth materials to society. Laboratory activities will focus on the application of classroom concepts and will include mineral and rock identification, geologic structures, topographic and geologic map use, use of remote imagery, recognition of landforms, geologic time, seismology, and volcanism. Lecture and laboratory will consider geologically produced and influenced natural resources, their exploitation, and concepts centered about sustainable uses. The lecture portion of this course may be offered in a distance education format.
Fall Semester, Second Year16 Units Total
This course is a survey of the history of the United States from Pre-Columbian Peoples to the end of Reconstruction. Topics include contact and settlement of America, the movement toward independence, the formation of a new nation and Constitution, westward expansion and manifest destiny, the causes and consequences of the Civil War, and Reconstruction. This course satisfies the CSU requirement for US History (US-1). This course may be offered in a distance education format.
1. Completion of any ESCI course, except ESCI 14/14L, OR any one of the listed advisory courses with a minimum grade of C is recommended.
2. Required day and overnight field trips.
Natural processes on Earth develop results specific to those processes. For example, the results of volcanism are unique to eruptions while rivers and flowing water form their own deposits, as do crashing waves along a shore. These signature results can be preserved in rocks, often with fossils included. The study of Earth's history is then revealed in rock successions as they collect through time. This course will define the origin of minerals, rocks and fossils in successions, described as stratigraphy and often formed in relation to mountain building episodes, in an effort to understand Earth through time. Supporting concepts include biologic evolution, geologic time, and paleogeographic relationships. Plate tectonics and crustal evolution will provide a base framework though with a North American focus and an emphasis on the west coast. Laboratory exercises will include the description and classification of minerals and rocks, the recognition of ancient metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary environments, the recognition, occurrence, and geologic use of fossil organisms, introduction to and application of stratigraphic principles, recognition of geologic structures, and the development and use of different types of geologic maps and cross sections.
This course is an introduction to the major concepts of modern biology. Topics covered include biochemistry, cell biology, heredity, and nature of genes, evolution, diversity of life, and principles of ecology. Emphasis will be placed on those aspects of biology that are rapidly reshaping our culture. This course may be offered in a distance education format. This course will meet the general education requirement for a laboratory science if taken with BIOL 10L.
Spring Semester, Second Year15 Units Total
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race and ethnicity in the United States. It examines social justice movements in relation to ethnic and racial groups in the United States to provide a basis for a better understanding of the socioeconomic, cultural, and political conditions among key social groups including, but not limited to, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latina/o Americans. This course examines the systemic nature of racial/ethnic oppression through an examination of key concepts including racialization and ethnocentrism, with a specific focus on the persistence of white supremacy. Using an anti-racist framework, the course will examine historical and contemporary social movements dedicated to the decolonization of social institutions, resistance, and social justice. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
This course is a comparative survey of the major ancient world civilizations which developed between 3500 B.C.E. and 1500 C.E. It examines political institutions, religious ideologies, the rise and fall of empires, and the major cultural innovations of each of the major world civilizations. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
This course is an introduction to United States and California government and politics, including their constitutions, political institutions and processes, and political actors. An examination of political behavior, political issues, and public policy, this course satisfies the CSU requirement in U.S. Constitution and California State and local government (US-2 and US-3). This course may be offered in a distance education format.
This course is an introduction to the process of human communication with emphasis on public speaking. The subjects covered are speech topic selection, audience analysis, information competency (e.g. researching, evaluating and using supporting materials), presentation outlining, principles of effective speech delivery, critical evaluation of speeches, and presentation of informative and persuasive speeches. Most students will have the opportunity to be recorded and to use presentational technology. College level writing skills will be expected on all papers, outlines and short essays. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.
*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:
- California State Universities – General Education
- IGETC – Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
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