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Geology, Associate in Science

Curriculum SCI.GOL.AS (U230A33)

(Total Program Credits: 60)

The geological sciences are fundamentally the study of Earth, its crust and global internal structure, ocean basins, continents, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, glaciers and other surface features. Geology also is concerned with the history of the planet, the origin and evolution of the continents, seas and life. Employment opportunities for the geologist are found with state and federal agencies and private engineering firms concerned with land use, geologic hazards, hazardous waste disposal and the management of important resources such as oil, gas, coal, water and various minerals.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Science Degree (Geology) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

  • hypothesize the origins of geographic landforms;
  • identify geologic specimens;
  • discriminate the origin of different geologic specimens;
  • construct predictions of the future based on past geologic events;
  • demonstrate the importance of natural resources for society; and
  • recommend mitigation strategies for natural hazards.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ANT 101Introduction to Anthropology

3 credits

OR

ANT 103Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

 

BIS 150Principles of Biology I #

4 credits

GOL 101Physical Geology

4 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHM 140General Chemistry I #

5 credits

MAT 131Calculus & Analytic Geometry I #

5 credits

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Sciences (other than Anthropology) 3

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊.

Behavioral science: Because most careers in Geology are reliant on the economics of natural resources, a choice from ECO 102◊ or ECO 103◊ is recommended, but not required, to fill one of the Social and Behavioral Science requirements. (no course from ANT listing)

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 133Calculus & Analytic Geometry II #

5 credits

 

CHM 141General Chemistry II #

5 credits

OR

PHY 101General Physics (Mechanics, Heat & Sound) #

5 credits

 

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

General education/Fine Arts

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Semester Four: Spring

 

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHM 141General Chemistry II #

5 credits

OR

GOL 102Evolution of the Earth

4 credits

 

GOL 103Environmental Geology: Aspects of Global Hazards and Change

3 credits

 

PHY 101General Physics (Mechanics, Heat & Sound) #

5 credits

OR

PHY 102General Physics (Electricity, Magnetism, Optics & Modern Physics) #

5 credits

 

General education/Humanities

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

GECC Note: Take one additional Humanities or Fine Arts and one additional Social and Behavioral Science course, to be eligible for the General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) Credential.

Program Electives:

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHM 141General Chemistry II #

5 credits

GOL 102Evolution of the Earth

4 credits

GOL 103Environmental Geology: Aspects of Global Hazards and Change

3 credits

PHY 101General Physics (Mechanics, Heat & Sound) #

5 credits

PHY 102General Physics (Electricity, Magnetism, Optics & Modern Physics) #

5 credits

(Select courses that meet the BS requirements of your transfer college.)

Graduation Requirements

General Education requirements:

AS degree                                                                                   Subtotal: 37-41

Accounting and Business Administration
courses or other electives toward the AS degree              Subtotal: 19-23

General Education requirements by discipline:

  • Communications: Three courses (nine semester hours).
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: Two courses (six semester hours), with at least one course selected from Humanities and at least one course from the Fine Arts;
  • Social and Behavioral Science: two courses (six semester credits), with courses selected from at least two disciplines.

    Graduation from an Illinois college or university requires satisfactory completion of one or more courses incorporating Human Diversity, which may be taken as a Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Science course.

  • Mathematics: Two courses (six to nine semester hours).
  • Physical and Life Science: Three courses (10-11 semester hours), with at least one course selected from the Life Sciences and one course from the Physical Sciences and including at least one laboratory course.

Foreign Language encouraged if transferring to a four-year institution.

See GOL course descriptions.

Chairperson: Gabriel Guzman, Ext. 3312; email: gabrielguzman@triton.edu