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Geology

Build a foundation that’s stronger than granite with our Associate of Science transfer degree in geology.

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If you are interested in the Earth and how it works, the Associate of Science in Geology is the degree choice for you. Geology is a wide-reaching field that covers the physical, historical, and environmental aspects of our planet. With our AS in Geology, you have a guaranteed starting point to transfer to any Colorado 4-year university.

Henry Weigel
Faculty / Department Chair
Physical Sciences
henry.weigel [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

The study of geology will teach you how to:

  • Identify common rocks and minerals
  • Breakdown the interconnection of Earth’s systems
  • Interpret topographic maps
  • Analyze geological problems

CIP 240199 (GEOL)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

General Education Courses (36 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (5 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GTAH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways course from: History (GT-HI1)
Social and Behavioral Science (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (10 credit hours)
Additional Required Courses (23 credit hours)

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Elective Courses (1 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
Any course in the following prefixes

Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics (275) and Independent Study (285): AST (100 or higher), BIO (100 or higher), CHE (100 or higher), EGG (100 or higher), MAT (121 or higher, except 155 or 156), PHY (111 or higher), or any foreign language (111 or above).

Note(s):

Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising prior to registration regarding the acceptability of online science courses if they anticipate transferring to a 4-year institution or completing graduate work in the sciences or health professions. It should be noted that per Colorado Revised Statute, §23-1-125(1)(e), general education courses taken online are guaranteed to satisfy core course (gtPathways) requirements at all Colorado public institutions of higher education.

Total: 60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Job Potential

As the primary Earth science, geology prepares you for a wide range of careers. Some of the job titles you can hold are: