Geology, Science Transfer Pattern, Associate of Science

This degree pattern is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Geology. Beyond the General Education requirements and options, this pattern should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with a transfer coordinator or an advisor for information about specific requirements.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this transfer pattern, students will be able to:

  1. relate the Earth's dynamic processes to its composition, structure and surface features;
  2. describe how plate tectonic forces cause volcanoes and earthquakes;
  3. describe the crustal rock cycle;
  4. describe the processes involved in weathering and the resultant landforms;
  5. identify common minerals and rocks of the Earth's crust;
  6. read and use geologic maps to interpret geologic events and history;
  7. use data to solve chemistry problems;
  8. solve calculus-based physics problems;
  9. perform geology experiments and write coherent laboratory reports.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Elective (ERSC 141 and ERSC 142 or GEOA 101 recommended) 1-3 Credit(s).
  • Program Elective (PHYS 252 recommended) 4 Credit(s).
  • Any elective 1-3 Credit(s).

Important Information

Short Description

Gain knowledge to relate the Earth's dynamic processes to its composition, structure and surface features. Geologists are involved in a wide range of activities, including studies of Earth materials and processes, exploration for resources and understanding and protecting the environment.

Type of Credential

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Science
Transfer Pattern - Geology

Program Code

P 165

Contacts and Additional Information

Coordinators for Physical Sciences:

Catonsville Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
Erica DiCara
443-840-4119 or

Dundalk Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
Robin Minor
443-840-3756 or

Essex Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
Beth Shrader
443-840-2680 or

Science Department Chair (all campuses): year-round
Christine DeStefano
443-840-2673 or

Assistant Dean for Science (all campuses): year-round
David O'Neill
443-840-2663 or

Additional Information:

Courses Needed for This Transfer Pattern*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 30 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education courses. One of the courses must be a Diversity course.

  • Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Information Technology - CSIT 101 or CSIT 111 3 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 30 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Choose 14 credits. Elective courses should be selected to meet transfer institution requirements.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**In order to take CHEM 131, students must have done one of the following:

  • Completed CHEM 107 and CHEM 108 with a grade of C or better, OR
  • Passed the Chemistry placement exam and completed or tested out of (ENGL 052 and RDNG 052) or ACLT 052, and MATH 083, OR
  • Received permission from the Physical Sciences department chair.

***In order to take PHYS 151, students must have completed MATH 251 with a C or higher and done one of the following:

  • Completed high school Physics, OR
  • Completed PHYS 101 with a grade of C or better, OR
  • Received permission from the Physical Sciences department chair.