Associate in Science for Transfer | SC Program: AS-T.1005

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.

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 should be able to:

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


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, or a “P" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Required Core
  • CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5
  • CHEM 1B General Chemistry 5
  • ESCI 1 Physical Geology 4
  • ESCI 2 Historical Geology 4
  • MATH 3A Calculus 4
  • MATH 3B Calculus 5
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 to which you plan on transferring.

  • BIOL 1 Principles 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
Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer Degree Requirements

Major: 27

General Education: 37-39

General Electives: 0-3**

Degree Total Will Not Exceed: 60 Units 

**Number will vary depending on units that double count.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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