Geology Associate Degree Program

The curriculum in the Geology Associate Degree program is designed to provide the student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers related to this field, earning the Associate degree would demonstrate commitment to the major. Attainment of an Associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment.

 

Suggested courses for the Associate in Science degree:

 

Course ID

Title

Units

First Year—Fall Semester

CHEM 1A*

GEOL 1

     or

GEOL 20

MATH 2*

General Chemistry

Introduction to Physical Geology

 

Introduction to Earth Science

Pre-Calculus (required of students unprepared for MATH 3A*)

5

4

 

4

(5)

Spring Semester

CHEM 1B*

GEOL 2*

MATH 3A*

General Chemistry

Historical Geology

Analytic Geometry and Calculus

5

4

5

Second Year—Fall Semester

BIO 3A*

MATH 3B*

PHYS 2A*

     or

PHYS 4A*

General Biology I

Analytic Geometry and Calculus

Introduction to Physics

 

General Physics

5

5

 

5

Spring Semester

GEOL 6*

PHYS 2B*

     or

PHYS 4B*

Principles of Mineralogy

Introduction to Physics

 

General Physics

4

 

5

 

Total

47 (52)

 

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

 

Associate Degree

 

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of all the courses listed above and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

 

Associate in Arts Degree

Complete at least 18 units (or as described in the major area of study) in a single subject or related disciplines and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

 

Refer to the Graduation Requirements for the specific course list meeting general education requirements.

 

Refer to the Transfer Major Patterns section of this catalog or to the catalog of the intended college of transfer. Courses selected to fulfill requirements for the Associate degree should reflect requirements of the college to which the student plans to transfer. Consult with a counselor for assistance in planning a program.

 

Recommended Electives:

 

Course ID

Title

Units

GEOL   3:

GEOL   4:

GEOL   5:

GEOL   7:

GEOL 10:

GEOL 21:

  also listed as ASTR 21

GEOL 23:

  also listed as ENV 23

DR    100:

California Geology

Natural Disasters

Marine Geology

Weather and Climate

Geology of National Parks

The Solar System

 

Environmental Geology

 

Fundamentals of Mechanical Drafting

3

3

4

3

3

3

 

4

 

3