Physical Sciences Degrees

Associate of Science Degree for Transfer in Geology

The Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer degree (AS-T in Geology) is a 60 unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a CSU institution for the major in Geology. Students who complete the Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer degree (AS-T in Geology) will be able to use geological concepts to explain the physical planet, its change through time, and its influence on life through time; apply observational skills and the scientific method to address problems in geology; and demonstrate oral and written communication skills.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

Required Core Courses (28 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
GEOL 1A/H Physical Geology or Honors 4 units
GEOL 1B Historical Geology 3 units
GEOL 2B Historical Geology Laboratory 1 units
CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5 units
CHEM 1B General Chemistry 5 units
MATH 3A Calculus and Analytical Geometry 5 units
MATH 2B Calculus and Analytical Geometry  5 units

Major Requirements: 28 units

CSU GE Breadth or IGETC for CSU Requirements: 37 – 39 units

Elective Units As Needed To Total 60 CSU Transferable Units

Fall, Year 1 (9 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5 units
GEOL 1A Physical Geology 4 units

Spring, Year 1 (10 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CHEM 1B General Chemistry 5 units

Fall, Year 2 (5 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
GEOL 1B Historical Geology 3 units
MATH 3A Analytical Geometry and Calculus 5 units

Spring, Year 2 (5 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MATH 3B Analytical Geometry and Calculus 5 units

Required Core: 28 units

GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC): 37-39 units

Total Degree Units: 60 units

Associate of Science Degree in Geology

After completing an A.S. degree in Geology, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
  • Use geological concepts to explain the physical planet, its change through time, and its influence on life through time
  • Apply observational skills and the scientific method to address problems in geology.

Required Core Courses (57 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5 units
CHEM 1B General Chemistry 5 units
GEOL 1A Physical Geology 4 units
GEOL 1B Historical Geology AND 3 units
GEOL 2B Historical Geology Lab 1 unit
GEOL 5 Mineralogy 4 units
GEOL 20 Field Geology 2 units
MATH 3A Calculus and Analytic Geometry 5 units
MATH 3B Calculus and Analytic Geometry 5 units
MATH 4A Intermediate Calculus 4 units
MATH 4B Differential Equations 4 units
PHYS 4A Engineering Physics – Mechanics 5 units
PHYS 4B Engineering Physics – Electricity and Magnetism 5 units
PHYS 4C Engineering Physics – Light, Heat and Waves 5 units

To be awarded an A.S. Degree, a student must complete

  1. All the major requirements
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

The student should choose those general education requirements which may apply both toward graduation requirements of the college and toward the bachelor’s degree requirements at the four year institution to which he/she plans to transfer.

Associate of Science Degree for Transfer in Physics

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree (AS-T in Physics) is a 60 unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a CSU institution for the major in Physics. Students who complete the Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree (AS-T in Physics) will be able to communicate orally and in writing core physical principles, the results of experiments, and their analysis of physical problems; set up an experiment, collect and analyze data, identify sources of errors, and interpret results; use basic software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, and graphing programs; identify the essential aspects of a problem and formulate a strategy for solving the problem; and estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of their solution, interpret their result and connect it to related areas of physics.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

Required Core Courses (30 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
PHYS 4A Engineering Physics – Mechanics 3 units
PHYS 4B Engineering Physics – Electricity and Magnetism 3 units
PHYS 4C Engineering Physics – Light, Heat and Waves 3 units
MATH 3A Calculus and Analytical Geometry 3 units
MATH 3B Calculus and Analytical Geometry 3 units
MATH 4A Intermediate Calculus 3 units

Major Requirements: 30 units

CSU GE Breadth or IGETC for CSU Requirements: 37 – 39 units

Elective Units As Needed To Total 60 CSU Transferable Units

Fall, Year 1 (5 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MATH 3A Calculus and Analytical Geometry 5 units

Spring, Year 1 (10 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MATH 3B Analytical Geometry and Calculus 5 units
PHYS 4A Engineering Physics – Mechanics 5 units

Fall, Year 2 (9 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MATH 4A Intermediate Calculus 4 units
PHYS 4B Engineering Physics - Electricity and Magnetism 5 units

Spring, Year 2 (5 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
PHYS 4C Engineering Physics – Light, Heat and Waves 5 units

Required Total: 29 units

Associate of Science Degree in Physics, Applied Physics, and Geophysics

After completing an A.S. degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Geophysics, a student will be able to:

  • Communicate orally and in writing core physical principles, the results of experiments, and their analysis of physical problems
  • Set up an experiment, collect and analyze data, identify sources of error, and interpret results
  • Use basic software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, and graphing programs
  • Identify the essential aspects of a problem and formulate a strategy for solving the problem
  • Estimate the solution to a problem, apply appropriate techniques to arrive at a solution, test the correctness of their solution, interpret their result and connect it to related areas of physics

Required Core Courses (26 units)

Course Name Course Title Units
ENGR 21 Intro to Computing for Scientists and Engineers 3 units
MATH 3A Calculus and Analytic Geometry 5 units
MATH 3B Calculus and Analytic Geometry 5 units
MATH 4A Intermediate Calculus 4 units
MATH 4B Differential Equations 4 units
PHYS 4A Engineering Physics-Mechanics 5 units
PHYS 4B Engineering Physics - Electricity and Magnetism 5 units
PHYS 4C Engineering Physics-Light, Heat and Waves 5 units

To be awarded an A.S. degree, a student must complete:

  1. All the major requirements.
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

The student should choose those general education requirements which may apply both toward graduation requirements of the college and toward the bachelor’s degree requirements at the four year institution to which he/she plans to transfer.

Geophysics majors should take GEOL 1A (Physical Geology) and GEOL 1B (Historical Geology).

Fall, Year 1 (5 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MATH 3A Calculus and Analytical Geometry 5 units
ENGR 21 Intro Computing for Scientists and Engineers 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (5 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MATH 3B Analytical Geometry and Calculus 5 units
PHYS 4A Engineering Physics – Mechanics 5 units
Last Updated 12/9/19