Earth Science Associate in Science Degree


This Earth Science Associate in Science Degree is designed to introduce the student to the multidisciplinary field of Earth Science. Students who complete this degree will be prepared for further study in Earth Science or related disciplines, for transfer to B.A./B.S. programs in Earth Science, or as preparation to teach Earth Science at a primary or secondary grade level. This degree requires a total of 21 units of which 13 units are in required courses. An additional 8 units must be chosen from the list of restricted electives.

Required Courses (13 units):
ESC 100 FPhysical Geology3
ESC 100LFPhysical Geology Lab1
ESC 130 FIntroduction to Oceanography3
or ESC 130HF Honors Introduction to Oceanography
ESC 130LF Introduction to Oceanography: Field Experience1
ESC 116 FAstronomy3
or ESC 116HF Honors Astronomy
ESC 116LFAstronomy Lab2
Restricted Electives - Select 8 units from the following list:8
Survey of Natural Disasters3
Historical Geology4
Geology of National Parks and Monuments3
Introduction to Weather and Climate3
Geology of Orange County Area2
Geology of California3
Environmental Geology3
Total Units21

Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of how the scientific method is used to explore topics in earth science and geology.

Outcome 2: Apply earth science/geology concepts to better understand current issues of environmental and/or geologic concern.

Outcome 3: Demonstrate concept mastery.