Geology

Award: Associate of Science
Degree Code: ASGE
Number of Credits: 65

Program Description

This program option prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution for continued study in geology. Geologists apply techniques from many different scientific disciplines in search of new sources of energy-producing materials, additional reserves of mineral resources, and hidden quantities of ground water.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ART​SYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements
Number Title Credits
ACT Activity Electives 2
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Electives 1 [H] 3
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I [S]
General Chemistry I with Lab
3
1
CHM 104 and
CHM 114
General Chemistry II [S]
General Chemistry II with Lab
3
1
PHY 207 General Physics I with Lab [SL] 5
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics [M] 4
SOC SCI Social Science Electives 2 [SS] 6
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
GEN ED General Education Electives 3
MAT 201 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry [M] 4
MAT 202 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry [M] 4
PHY 208 General Physics II with Lab [SL] 4
PSC 120 Physical Geology [SL] 4
PSC 135 Introduction to Climate Science with Lab [SL] 4
PSC 140 or
ENV 106 and
ENV 116
Introduction to Ocean Studies with Lab [SL]
Introduction to Environmental Science [S]
Environmental Science Lab
3
3
1
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications [H]
Public Speaking [H]
3

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (17 credits)
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Lab
PSC 135 Introduction to Climate Studies with Lab
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications
Public Speaking
Spring I (16-17 credits)
MAT 201 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry
CHM 104 and
CHM 114
General Chemistry II
General Chemistry II Lab
PSC 140 or
ENV 106 and
ENV 116
Introduction to Ocean Studies with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
ACT Activity Elective(s)
Fall II (15-16 credits)
MAT 202 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry
PHY 207 General Physics I with Lab
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
GEN ED General Education Elective
Spring II (17 credits)
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics
PHY 208 General Physics II with Lab
PSC 120 Physical Geology
ART/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective
ACT Activity Elective

Program Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of the fields included in the physical sciences
  • Understand the physical environment and its relationships with human activities
  • Apply chemical, mathematical, and physical principles to the study of climate, oceans and meteorology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific method, data collection and analysis, use of laboratory and field instrumentation, computer applications, statistical and modeling techniques
  • Apply principles and theories of geologic analysis to identify and categorize the earth’s physical structures
  • Utilize critical thinking to examine geologic phenomena
  • Describe the development of the earth’s formative processes
  • Identify, collect, and analyze data
  • Use basic field and laboratory instrumentation to perform calculations, tests, and techniques involved in conducting geological research
  • Communicate scientific information in a written and/or verbal format

Career Opportunities

Mining industry, oil and natural gas industry, mapping sub-surfaces, water resource management, geographer, environmentalist, hydrographer, metallurgist, seismologist.

 

1 Selection may not include EGL designation.
2 Courses must be from two different disciplines.

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