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The following Geology degrees are offered:

DEGREE

AS-T - Geology

Required Program (Units)
CHEM 400    General Chemistry (5)
CHEM 401    General Chemistry (5)
GEOL 300    Physical Geology (3)
GEOL 301    Physical Geology Laboratory (1)
GEOL 310    Historical Geology (3)
GEOL 311    Historical Geology Laboratory (1)
MATH 400    Calculus I (5)
MATH 401    Calculus II (5)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 28

The AS-T may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses), and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education‐Breadth Requirements.

Geology is an interdisciplinary science that combines geological observations and concepts with those of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Its goals are to study rocks, minerals, fossils, energy and water resources, and to understand geologic principles and processes that shape Earth and its environments.

The Associate of Science in Geology for Transfer(AS-T) provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system.

The GEOL AS-T degree does not require coursework in Physics but it is recommended that Geology students take physics coursework as they pursue their Geology degree. The Associate of Science in Geology for Transfer Degree program provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements for transfer to the California State University. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. Students should work closely with their Folsom Lake College counselor to ensure that they are taking the appropriate coursework to prepare for majoring in Geology at the institution they wish to transfer to because major and general education requirements may vary for each CSU and the degree may only transfer to specific institutions.

This program has the following completion requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    A. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    B. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate new and accepted ideas about the natural universe using testable methodology.
  • Articulate orally and/or in writing the importance of continuous examination and modification of accepted ideas as a fundamental element in the progress of science.
  • Sort, arrange, and quantify objects using the international system of measurement (metric) as the standard.
  • Analyze a wide variety of natural phenomena geological using basic definitions and fundamental theories of natural science.
  • Compare the scales at which geologic processes work.
  • Apply knowledge of current geologic processes to the understanding of Earth's past geologic history.

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