Associate in Science Geology Emphasis to ASU

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Geology — the study of the processes inside and on the surface of the Earth — impacts our lives every day. Geologists discover and mine everything from the materials that allow our cell phones to work to the oil that fuels our cars to the water that nurtures our crops.

Studying geology can open doors to diverse career paths. You might work outside, hiking a variety of terrains to create geologic maps or discover resources. Other paths might have you using a computer to code and create 3D models or designing and building homes with natural materials. In a lab you could be developing new fuels that have a lower impact on our planet. These are just a few of the many choices a focus on geology can offer.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Science (AS)
Academic Plan Code
8600
Total Credits Required
64–65
Catalog Year
2019-2020
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Earth and Space Exploration (Geological Sciences) (Bachelor of Science)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Identify and interpret different rock and mineral groups, and associate the rocks with specific rock-forming processes.
  • Explain the role of plate tectonics in geology.
  • Relate geologic time to Earth processes.
  • Critically evaluate fundamental Earth science literature and spatial data.
  • Observe, interpret, and communicate data as it relates to Earth processes.
  • Use evidence to outline the broad history of the planet and explain how the past can be used to anticipate future changes.
  • Determine causes and impacts of natural hazards and identify effective mitigation strategies.
  • Interpret the origin, distribution, and uses of geological resources.
  • Synthesize field information and spatial relationships to create geologic maps and cross-sections.

Career Opportunities

Use your geology skills to work as a science communicator, develop new materials in a lab, examine the surface of the Earth or other planets via satellite, decide how to clean up pollutant spills, or work with city planners to solve problems. Build a rewarding career in energy, environmental protection, or responsible land and resource management.

Successful completion of the Associate in Science program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Science Teachers

$56,457

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA 4–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
GLG101 Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lecture Critical course Gateway course SQ 3
GLG103 Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lab Critical course Gateway course SQ 1
HU Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3
ECE102 Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques 2

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT231 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II MA 4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
PHY121 University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4
CRE101 or
COM225
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking If CRE101 exempt, complete COM225 L 3
ECE103 Engineering Problem Solving and Design 2

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT241 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III MA 4
CHM151 General Chemistry I SQ 3
CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory SQ 1
GLG102 Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lecture Critical course Gateway course H, SG 3
GLG104 Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab Critical course Gateway course SG 1
PHY131 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism SQ 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASB100 Introduction to Global Health G, SB 3
HU
CHM152 General Chemistry II SQ 3
CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory SQ 1
Elective
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230 or
SB
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication or Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences Area If CRE101 was completed in term 2, select COM100 or COM110 or COM230 to satisfy both the COM and the SB values. If COM225 was completed in term 2, select any SB course. SB 3

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA 4–5
GLG101 Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lecture Critical course Gateway course SQ 3
GLG103 Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lab Critical course Gateway course SQ 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT231 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II MA 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT241 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III MA 4
GLG102 Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lecture Critical course Gateway course H, SG 3
GLG104 Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab Critical course Gateway course SG 1

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
PHY121 University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3
PHY131 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism SQ 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CHM151 General Chemistry I SQ 3
CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory SQ 1
CRE101 or
COM225
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking If CRE101 exempt, complete COM225 L 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CHM152 General Chemistry II SQ 3
CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory SQ 1
Elective

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASB100 Introduction to Global Health G, SB 3
HU
ECE102 Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques 2

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230 or
SB
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication or Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences Area If CRE101 was completed in term 2, select COM100 or COM110 or COM230 to satisfy both the COM and the SB values. If COM225 was completed in term 2, select any SB course. SB 3
ECE103 Engineering Problem Solving and Design 2

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Science in Associate in Science (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/as1819.pdf).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019