A.S. - Transfer Degree

Geology is the study of the earth. The geology department emphasizes a process-oriented approach to studying phenomena which shape the earth’s surface, and ultimately impacts all of our lives. This program articulates with the BS degree in Environmental Science-Geology Emphasis as part of AWC’s “2+2” partnership with NAU-Yuma Branch Campus. Students may also be interested in the A.S. degree in Environmental Sciences with an Applied Geology Emphasis.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in geology that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Collect and correlate geologic data.
  • Prepare and interpret graphs and diagrams of geologic data.
  • Identify and explain the origins of minerals and rocks.
  • Describe the inter-relationships between geology and the other areas of science.
  • Become informed of the one-world concept of geological processes affecting humanity.
  • Identify and recognize major fossils of animals and plants and understand their evolution.
  • Write reports from field data and compiled maps.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation  (AGEC-S certificate also included)

First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
GLG 101 Introduction to Geology 1 (Physical) 4 Major Requirement
MAT 150183
MAT 151 & 183
MAT 187 *
College Algebra w/ ReviewPlane Trigonometry
College Algebra: Standard & Plane Trigonometry
Precalculus *
Pre-requisite for MAT 220 
(counts towards elective credits)
ENG 101 
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
ART or HUM Choose one course from Arts or Humanities 3 GE-Arts/Humanities
  * MAT 187 has a pre-requisite of MAT 121 or MAT 150 or MAT 151 15-17  


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
GLG 102 Introduction to Geology 2 (Historical) 4 Major Requirement
MAT 220 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry 5 GE-Mathematics
ENG 102 
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
CHM 151 General Chemistry I 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
GLG 225 Introduction to Paleontology 4 Departmental Requirement
CHM 152 General Chemistry II 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
MAT 230 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry 5 Major Requirement
PHY 121 University Physics I  4 Departmental Requirement
SOC Choose one Writing Intensive course from Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences (Writing Intensive)


  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
PHY 131 University Physics II 4 Departmental Requirement
MAT 241 Calculus III with Analytic Geometry 5 Co-requisite for
PHY 131 
(counts towards elective credits)
GLG 240 Introduction to Field Method and Report Writing 2 Departmental Requirement
SOC Choose one Writing Intensive course from Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences (Writing Intensive)
ART or HUM Choose one course from Arts or Humanities 3 GE-Arts/Humanities


Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Transfer Information

Arizona State University BS, BA, BAE Earth & Space Exploration (multiple program options) None
Northern Arizona University BS Geology (multiple program options) None
University of Arizona  BS Geosciences (multiple program options) 2nd Semester Proficiency

Transfer Tools

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.