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Associate in Science, Emphasis in Geology

The Associate in Science (AS), Emphasis in Geology provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in geological sciences and/or are preparing for application to graduate programs in related fields. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as a research lab or field technician in environmental geology, mining, petroleum exploration, geological engineering, forestry, conservation, and hydrology. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to secondary school (grades 7-12) teachers and university professors, geologic consultants, seismologists, volcanologists, paleontologists, and geologists in a variety of areas.

Details

Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Degree Type
Associate in Science (AS)
Academic Plan
Associate in Science, Emphasis in Geology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8608
Total credits required
60-64
Catalog Year
2024-2025
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify and interpret different rock and mineral groups, and associate the rocks with specific rock-forming processes.
  2. Explain the role of plate tectonics in geology.
  3. Relate geologic time to Earth processes.
  4. Critically evaluate fundamental earth science literature and spatial data.
  5. Observe, interpret, and communicate data as it relates to Earth processes.
  6. Use evidence to outline the broad history of the planet and explain how the past can be used to anticipate future changes.
  7. Determine causes and impacts of natural hazards.
  8. Interpret the origin, distribution, and uses of geological resources.
  9. Synthesize field information and spatial relationships to create geologic maps and cross-sections.
  10. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

$100,550

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

$64,090

Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians

$40,970

Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

$74,250

Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

$97,290

* Wage information sourced from the . Updated May 2022.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your to manage your plan.
  • 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 current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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 areas if not otherwise met by other program 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 Area Credits
( and
)
or
( and ) or Critical course Gateway course SQ in combo w/ GLG103 or SQ 4
or
or Critical course FYC or FYC 3
or
or Critical course MA or MA 4鈥5
SB 3
or
or 1鈥3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
( and
)
or
( and ) or Critical course Gateway course H; SG in combo w/ GLG104 and SG in combo w/ GLG102 or H, SG 4
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
or
or MA or MA 4鈥5
or
or
or
or or or Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements simultaneously SB or SB or L or SB 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or SQ or SQ 4鈥5
or
or MA or MA 4鈥5
( and
)
or
or
( and
)
or
( and ) or or ( and ) or SQ in combo w/ CHM151LL and SQ in combo w/ CHM150 or CHM151 or SQ or SQ in combo w/ CHM151LL and SQ in combo w/ CHM150 or CHM151 or SQ 4鈥5
HU 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or SQ or SQ 4鈥5
( and
)
or
( and ) or SQ in combo w/ CHM152LL and SQ in combo w/ CHM152 or SQ 4
SB 3
HU 3
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and requirements simultaneously. L 0鈥3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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 areas if not otherwise met by other program 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 Area Credits
( and
)
or
( and ) or Critical course Gateway course SQ in combo w/ GLG103 or SQ 4
or
or Critical course MA or MA 4鈥5
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
( and
)
or
( and ) or Critical course Gateway course H; SG in combo w/ GLG104 and SG in combo w/ GLG102 or H, SG 4
or
or MA or MA 4鈥5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or Critical course FYC or FYC 3
or
or MA or MA 4鈥5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
or
or SQ or SQ 4鈥5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB 3
or
or
or
or or or Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements simultaneously SB or SB or L or SB 3
or
or SQ or SQ 4鈥5

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
( and
)
or
or
( and
)
or
( and ) or or ( and ) or SQ in combo w/ CHM151LL and SQ in combo w/ CHM150 or CHM151 or SQ or SQ in combo w/ CHM151LL and SQ in combo w/ CHM150 or CHM151 or SQ 4鈥5
HU 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency
( and
)
or
( and ) or SQ in combo w/ CHM152LL and SQ in combo w/ CHM152 or SQ 4
SB 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency
HU 3
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and requirements simultaneously. L 0鈥3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD鈥檚 for additional details regarding the requirements of this award .

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