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Associate in Science Transfer (Track 1) - Biological Sciences, Environmental/Resource Sciences, Chemistry, Geology...
Jennifer Barson - Geology
Building 28, Room 236
Are you curious about how the Earth works? Do you want a career that takes you out in nature? A degree in geology could be for you.
In this program, you will study the science of our planet, including its history, landforms, resources and natural systems. You’ll explore the role of geology and minerals in your everyday lives and learn how to interpret maps and identify minerals and rocks. This pre-major program is designed to prepare you to transfer at the junior level into a geology or related degree program at a four-year college or university.
Whether want to research volcanoes or earthquakes, work in the environmental field, or pursue a career in private industry, government or as a teacher, this program will lay the groundwork for a variety of geology-related career options.
Most geology programs require courses across the breadth of the geosciences and allow for focused study in Earth structure and tectonics, hazards and resources, Earth materials, or climate and surface processes. Requirements for most BS programs include specific geology courses, math, chemistry, physics and statistics, in addition to the basic and breadth general education courses of a typical bachelor’s degree in science.
Typical requirements* that can be fulfilled at SFCC:
Calculus I and calculus II
Probability and Statistics
At least two quarters of advanced chemistry with lab
At least two quarters of calculus-based physics with lab
Geology 101 (Introduction to Physical Geology with lab) and Geology 116 (Environmental Geology). Geol 210 and Geol 201 are offered at SCC.
* The number and level of physics courses required can vary from university to
university. Some schools are now requiring a quarter of Computer Science.
Any programming planning specifics you may have experience with:
The courses are often sequence based so, failure along the way really hinders completion success.
Nearly all geology content specific courses offered at the 4-year university will be offered as field-based, guided inquiry labs. Ability to participate in field excursions and work cooperatively with others is a necessity. Students must appreciate being outside during all types of weather conditions.
Transfer universities generally require a fall field course (up to two weeks, taken in the fall of their junior year), and a lengthy (sometimes at least 6 weeks) summer field course for degree completion.
Often, students are encouraged to fulfill their chemistry, math, and physics requirements as soon as possible. Some of the courses in chemistry and physics can be taken concurrently with geology majors courses.
GEOL& 100 — Survey of Earth Science — 5.0
This course provides a survey of Earth including topics on rock and mineral characteristics, natural hazards, surface and groundwater environments, marine and continental environments, resources, and landforms. This is a non-lab physical science course, and credit will not be granted for both GEOL& 100 and GEOL& 101.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
GEOL& 101 — Intro Physical Geology — 5.0
An introductory course in geology designed to acquaint beginning geology students with the importance of geology and minerals in their everyday lives through the study of the general concepts of geology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, mountain building, formation of continents, materials on earth, erosional processes and patterns, underground water, glaciation, and shoreline formations. Laboratory covers mineral and rock identification and map interpretation. Credit will not be granted for both GEOL& 100 and GEOL& 101.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
GEOL 116 — Environmental Geology — 5.0
An introduction to environmental geology including geologic processes and landforms. An emphasis on practical applications using case history studies involving engineering and environmental problems as they relate to geologic settings.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
GEOL 201 — The Earth Through Time — 5.0
The course is an overview of earth's geologic history through time. Topics of discussion include the geologic formation of the earth and its rock types, as well as the evolution of lifeforms through time. The effects of plate tectonics on paleoclimates, paleogeography, and evolutionary patterns for the major continental and marine ecosystems are considered. Meets A.A. degree lab science requirement. Prerequisite: GEOL& 101, 100 or 1 year of high school science.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes