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Associate in Science, Emphasis in Geology

The Associate in Science (AS), Emphasis in Geology provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in geological sciences and/or are preparing for application to graduate programs in related fields. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as a research lab or field technician in environmental geology, mining, petroleum exploration, geological engineering, forestry, conservation, and hydrology. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to secondary school (grades 7-12) teachers and university professors, geologic consultants, seismologists, volcanologists, paleontologists, and geologists in a variety of areas.

Details

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Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Science, Emphasis in Geology (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Identify and interpret different rock and mineral groups, and associate the rocks with specific rock-forming processes. (GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104)
  • Explain the role of plate tectonics in geology. (GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104)
  • Relate geologic time to Earth processes. (GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104)
  • Critically evaluate fundamental earth science literature and spatial data. (GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, [FYC], [L], [MA])
  • Observe, interpret, and communicate data as it relates to Earth processes. (GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (COM), [FYC], [L], [MA])
  • Use evidence to outline the broad history of the planet and explain how the past can be used to anticipate future changes. (GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, (CRE), [FYC], [L])
  • Determine causes and impacts of natural hazards. (GLG101, GLG101IN, [HU], [SB])
  • Interpret the origin, distribution, and uses of geological resources. (GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, CHM152AA, [HU], [SB])
  • Synthesize field information and spatial relationships to create geologic maps and cross-sections. (GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, [FYC], [L], [MA])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:32-37
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (4)4
GLG101Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lecture (3) AND
GLG103Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lab (1) OR
GLG101INIntroduction to Geology I - Physical (4)4
GLG102Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lecture (3) AND
GLG104Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab (1) OR
GLG102INIntroduction to Geology II - Historical (4)4
MAT230Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (5) OR
MAT231Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)4-5
MAT240Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5) OR
MAT241Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)4-5
PHY115University Physics I (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4)4-5
PHY116University Physics II (5) OR
PHY131University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)4-5
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-10
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Earth and Space Exploration (Geological Sciences), Bachelor of Science
No additional coursework needed.
Transfer Plan 2: University of Arizona, Geosciences (Geology Emphasis), Bachelor of Science
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment:
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-SCredits: 22-32
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
A single course with both the [HU] and [L] designations may be used to satisfy both of these areas.
A single course with both the [SB] and [L] designations may be used to satisfy both of these areas.

See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies ([L] and [SB]) or ([L] and [HU]) or ([L] and COM) or ([L] and CRE101) requirements simultaneously.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 4-5
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT22+ is a prerequisite. (4-5)4-5
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.6
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0
Met by (PHY115 OR PHY121) AND (PHY116 OR PHY131) in the Required Courses area.
 
Subject OptionsCredits: 0
Met by [(GLG101 and GLG103) or GLG101IN] AND [(GLG102 and GLG104) or GLG102IN] in the Required Courses area.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.0-3
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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