GEOLOGY

A.S. DEGREE

Description
Students who earn degrees in geology have careers in a variety of fields, including natural resource exploration, environmental remediation, regulatory enforcement, education, and water resources. Geologists study earth processes such as earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, groundwater flow, and landscape evolution.

The Geology A.S. degree prepares students to transfer and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree in geology or a closely related field in 2 years. Curriculum is designed to transfer with ease to schools nationwide and provide a broad and in-depth understanding of geology and geologic processes.


Program Learning Outcomes
1. Identify earth-forming rocks and minerals
2. Analyze data collected from geologic and topographic maps
3. Apply appropriate techniques in the collection of data used to solve geologic problems.
4. Interpret geologic data, either from published sources, or collected independently.
5. Synthesize information drawn from a variety of sources or experiences.
6. Use observations in a field setting to answer geologic questions.
7. Discuss the potential geologic impact on environmental issues.
8. Demonstrate effective communication skills.
9. Use geologic principles to evaluate case studies.


Requirements for Program Entrance
Intermediate Algebra (MTH 104 at MCC) OR MCC Level 8 Mathematics placement
High School Earth Science, Precalculus, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology are recommended.


Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
CHE 151 General College Chemistry I 4
GEO 101 Physical Geology 4
ENG 101 College Composition OR ENG 200 Advanced Composition 3
MTH 210 Calculus I 4
Total 15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
CHE 152 General College Chemistry II 4
GEO 102 Historical Geology 4
MTH 211 Calculus II OR MTH 160 Statistics I 3-4
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 1
Total 15-16
THIRD SEMESTER: Credit Hours
ELECTIVE**3- 4
ELECTIVE 3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE*
4
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE
1
Total 14-15
FOURTH SEMESTER: Credit Hours
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY OR THE ARTS OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE ELECTIVE 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS OR WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS ELECTIVE
3
ELECTIVE** 3-4
ELECTIVE 3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE*
4
Total 16-17
TOTAL CREDITS
60 - 63


*PROGRAM ELECTIVES: GEO 200, GEO 203, GEO 204, GEO 210, GEO 220, GEO 295.
**Recommended general electives for students transferring to SUNY institutions:
PHY 145
MTH 160 (unless previously completed).