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Geology Associate of Science

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

There are multiple ways to pursue a degree in geology (geosciences). It is very important to work with your Pathways Advisor to develop the best academic plan for where you are starting and where you are hoping to transfer.

For students who want to complete a degree in geology and are calculus ready, the AS in Geology is the most direct path to a Bachelor’s degree in this field.  It is recommended that you meet with your advisor before selecting a pathway in geology.

Program Description

This program is designed for students transferring to a four-year university to complete their BS degree in Geology or Earth Science. It allows students to complete the first two years of the BS degree at the community college. Geology is the study of the Earth, its rocks, and the ways that they change over time. Geology students explore the movement of the Earth's crust, the history of life on Earth, and past climates. It is important for mineral and fossil fuel exploration, managing water resources, and solving environmental problems. This program introduces students to Geology and it includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado. Careers often require a BS or higher. Career paths for Geology degree holders include resource management, mining, oil and gas exploration, and climate research. The Associate of Science (AS) degree in Geology prepares students to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geology at a four-year university.

Learn more about this program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 121English Composition I: GT-CO1

3

CHE 111General College Chemistry I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

MAT 201Calculus I: GT-MA1

5

ELECTIVE Any Approved Elective List Course

1

Total Credit Hours:14
 

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
GT- AHAny Arts & Humanities (GT-AH) Course

3

ENG 122English Composition II: GT-CO2

3

CHE 112General College Chemistry II w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

MAT 202Calculus II: GT-MA1

5

Total Credit Hours:16
 

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
GEY 111Physical Geology w/Lab: GT-SC1

4

PHY 211Physics: Calculus-Based I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

GT- HI1Any History (GT-HI1) Course

3

GT- SSAny Social Sciences (GT-SS) Course

3

Total Credit Hours:15
 

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
GEY 112Historical Geology w/Lab: GT-SC1

4

PHY 212Physics: Calculus-Based II w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

GT- SSAny Social Sciences (GT-SS) Course

3

GT- AHAny Arts & Humanities (GT-AH) Course

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Note: GEY 112 is ONLY offered in the the spring semesters.

Total Credit Hours: 60

Important Program Notes:

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you may complete ENG 121 (GT-CO1) and ENG 122 (GT-CO2) OR ENG 122 (GT-CO2) and a gtPathways-approved CO3 course (GT-CO3). 

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), credits for additional required courses (GEY 111, GEY 112, MAT 202, PHY 211, and PHY 212may not be required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution. If not required, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit toward graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

If you take more credits in mathematics and science than are listed, it will reduce the 1 credit of electives neededYou must complete 60 credits to earn your Associate of Arts degree. You should not exceed 62 creditsYou may want to check with your advisor to monitor your completion progress and select your electives.