Geology Transfer Program

A photo of a geology students.

The Geology program is a transfer program that is approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and ICCB. The program is an introduction to the dynamic processes of the Earth for the non-science as well as science major. Emphasis is placed on integrating basic Earth Science concepts with the excitement of modern geology. In addition, there are laboratory experiments embedded within the curriculum that allow the students to have a real feel of what Geology entails. At the end of the program, students will have earned an AS.


The mission of the Geology program is to prepare students for a seamless transfer into a four-year institution to earn a BS or higher degree in applied Geology that will enable them to further explore the complex earth in which we live.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)

At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of minerals, rocks, and mineral resources in the Earth’s crust.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of the Earth as a dynamic, continually changing planet.
  • Recognize and interpret many features of the landscape in light of the geologic forces and processes that created them.
  • Create an appreciation of the age of the Earth within the context of geologic time.
  • Create a better understanding of the needs and benefits of wise resource management and energy conservation.
  • Interpret landscape in light of the concepts learned in this Physical Geology course to become a more intelligent traveler.

Recommended AS Transfer Curriculum for Geology

This AS curriculum is only a suggested transfer program and might not be appropriate for every student. Some four-year institutions accept more than 62 credit hours in transfer to fulfill requirements in Geology. Consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where you plan to transfer.

Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about their program and career opportunities. Peruse some of the offerings in the Physical Sciences Department.

All full-time transfer students are required to take OCS 121.

Overview for College Success Credits
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1

Minimum General Education (45)

Communications (9) Semester Hours
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENG 102 Composition and Research 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (9) 9
GROUP II Humanities Elective
Students earning an Associate degree must meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581.
Social and Behavioral Science (9) 9
GROUP III Social Science Elective
Students earning an Associate degree must meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581.
Mathematics (5) 5
MTH 190 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5
Physical and Life Science (8-9) 8-9
Group V Life Science Elective
Group V Physical Science Elective
Area of Concentration/Electives (18-25) 18-25
The selected electives listed below may satisfy the additional Math and Physical or Life Science courses required for the AS.
GLG 101 Physical Geology 4
CHM 113 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 114 General Chemistry II 7
PHY 101
PHY 210
Mechanics and Heat
University Physics I
MTH 203
MTH 211
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
Introductory Statistics
Minimum for AS Degree 62