Associate in Arts Geology Emphasis to UA and NAU

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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 Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
60–61
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway options.

A list of available transfer options for the Geology Emphasis to UA and NAU program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science Geology
University of Arizona Bachelor of Science Geosciences (Geology)

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.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $82,590
Conservation Scientists $68,230
Environmental Engineers $68,850
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $63,080
Geological and Petroleum Technicians $42,590
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $80,540
Hydrologists $67,760
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $79,040
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
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 Credits
18-19
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
GLG101 Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lecture Critical course Gateway course 3
GLG103 Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lab Critical course Gateway course 1
HU Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3
MAT231 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
10
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
PHY121 University Physics I: Mechanics 4
CRE101 or
COM225
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking If CRE101 exempt, complete COM225 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
PHY131 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4
MAT241 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4
CHM151 General Chemistry I 3
CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
GLG102 Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lecture Critical course Gateway course 3
GLG104 Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab Critical course Gateway course 1

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
SB Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences Area 3
HU Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3
CHM152 General Chemistry II 3
CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
Elective Elective Course 3
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 student completed CRE101 in term 2, select COM100 or COM110 or COM230. If COM225 completed in term 2, select any SB course 3
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 Credits
8-9
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4–5
GLG101 Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lecture Critical course Gateway course 3
GLG103 Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lab Critical course Gateway course 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
MAT231 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
8
MAT241 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 4
GLG102 Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lecture Critical course Gateway course 3
GLG104 Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab Critical course Gateway course 1

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
PHY121 University Physics I: Mechanics 4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
HU Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3
PHY131 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
CRE101 or
COM225
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking If CRE101 exempt, complete COM225 3
CHM151 General Chemistry I 3
CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory 1

Term 7

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

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
SB Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences Area 3
HU Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
3
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 student completed CRE101 in term 2, select COM100 or COM110 or COM230. If COM225 completed in term 2, select any SB course 3

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

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 Arts in Associate in Arts (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.