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Associate's degree
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Costa Mesa

About this program


Students graduating with an Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer Degree are well positioned to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a similar major within the California State University system with 60 units of upper-division coursework. Students who complete the Geology AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum 2.0 is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult a counselor for more information.

The Associate in Science in Geology for transfer Degree focuses on an understanding of internal processes responsible for the formation of the Earth from a scientific perspective. Students choosing this degree program will study a range of natural science concepts including plate tectonics, climate change, and the evolution of the dynamic planet Earth. This degree employs the scientific method to understand the formation of the Earth, including how volcanoes and mountain building events change the geography and ecosystems of the Earth. Students will explore geologic time as it relates to the origins, and evolution of life through the fossil record.

An understanding of the formation of economically important mineral and fossil fuel resources is an important aspect of the degree program. Portions of the course work will focus on the diverse California geologic setting and coastal development. Completion of the Associate in Science in Geology for transfer Degree will provide students with a well-rounded understanding of human impacts on the globe and the ways geologic hazards such as earthquakes, floods, and landslides impact human development.

The coursework prepares students to think critically and apply reasoning skills to analyze real world situations. It is strongly recommended that all geology majors take courses in physics and biology in addition to the degree requirements, but this cannot be included as a requirement due to unit limitations.

Admission requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum GPA of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors require a higher GPA. Consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18-semester units in the major as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU General Education Breadth — Option 2) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC — Option 3).
  5. For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website

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Program content

  • Physical Geology
  • Evolution of the Earth
  • Evolution of the Earth Lab 1
  • General Chemistry A
  • General Chemistry B
  • Calculus 1
  • Calculus 2

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


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  1. Apply the scientific method to solve geological problems.
  2. Summarize geologic time, explain the geologic time scale and its scientific basis, recount the milestone events in Earth history, and understand the basics of common dating methods.
  3. Express the role of the geology in everyday life, appreciate the extent of human impact on Earth systems and environments, and understand the processes that create natural hazards, and the strategies that minimize their impact on society.
  4. Students will be eligible and prepared for admission (SB 1440 and Education Code 66746) to California State University system schools.

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Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College (OCC) is a 2-year community college located in Costa Mesa, California minutes from Disneyland Resort and California's most popular beaches. As a community college, OCC is accessible offering low-cost tuition and flexible admissions for programs leading to...

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