Geology Associate in Science Degree for Transfer


The Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer (AS-T) Degree, also called the Geology AS-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees in geology. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states that students earning the Geology AS-T Degree will be granted priority for admission as a Geology major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 26 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students earn a grade of C or better in all major coursework. There are no additional graduation requirements. A P (Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better. Students with a degree in geology may pursue careers in a variety of industries such as education, environmental technology, mineral (fossil fuels, metals) discovery and extraction, archeology, research, and more. The Geology AS-T Degree requires a total of 26 units of required courses as indicated below. Recommended courses are not required for the degree but are highly recommended if you plan to pursue the Bachelor’s in Science degree in geology.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation 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:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements (for admissions to CSU, it is necessary that the students meet the "Oral Communications" requirement when using IGETC for AA-T or AS-T).
    2. 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.
  3. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A P (Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better.
Required Courses (26 units):
ESC 100 F
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
ESC 103 FHistorical Geology4
CHEM 111AFGeneral Chemistry I5
CHEM 111BFGeneral Chemistry II5
MATH 151 F Calculus I (formerly MATH 150AF)4
or MATH 151HF Honors Calculus I (formerly MATH 150HF)
MATH 152 F Calculus II (formerly MATH 150BF)4
or MATH 152HF Honors Calculus II
Recommended Courses (0-13 units): 1
General Biology5
Honors General Biology
General Physics I4
General Physics II4
Total Units26

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

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