Earth Science, Associate in Science Degree
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Banner Code: 1_AS_ERTH
Control Number: 36517
This Associate in Sciences Degree is designed to introduce the student to the multidisciplinary field of Earth Science. Students who complete this degree will be prepared for further study in Earth Science or related disciplines, for transfer to B.A./B.S. programs in Earth Science, or as preparation to teach Earth Science at a primary or secondary grade level . This degree requires a total of 24 units of which 16 units are in required courses. An additional 8 units must be chosen from the list of restricted electives.
- Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how the scientific method is used to explore topics in earth science and geology.
- Students will be able to apply earth science/geology concepts to better understand current issues of environmental and/or geologic concern.
- Students will be able to demonstrate concept mastery.
Associate in Science Degree Requirements
- UNIT REQUIREMENT - 60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
- MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
- MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
- GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
|ASTR A100/A100H||Introduction to Astronomy||3|
|ASTR A100L/A100M||Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory||1|
|GEOL A105/A105H||General Geology||3|
|GEOL A105L/A105M||General Geology Laboratory||1|
|GEOL A185/A185H||Evolution of the Earth||3|
|GEOL A185L/A185M||Evolution of the Earth Lab||1|
|MRSC A100L/A100M||Oceanography Laboratory||1|
|Select at least eight units of the following:||8|
|Introduction to Environmental Science|
|Wetlands Ecology and Management|
|Weather and Climate|
|Geologic Field Studies - Death Valley|
|Geologic Field Studies - Colorado Plateau|
|Geologic Field Studies - Cascade Range|
|Geology of the Natural Parks and Monuments|
|Geologic Field Studies - San Andreas Fault|
|Introductory Field Geology|
|Geologic Field Studies - Yosemite National Park|
|Geologic Field Studies - Eastern Sierra Nevada|
|Geologic Field Studies - Mojave Desert|
|Geologic Field Studies = Hawaii Volcanology|
|Introduction to Mineralogy|
|Coastal Oceanography Lab|
|Program Major Units||24|
|AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3||Varies|
|Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirement||Varies|