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.

Overview for College Success

Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a course is designed to assist students in the navigation of becoming successful in college and life. Major topics include setting academic, career and personal goals; effective communication strategies; study skills; critical thinking; self-discovery; and learning styles. In addition, this course delves into topics such as stress management, diversity and other well-being topics. Students will develop educational and career plans, learn to utilize college resources and receive extensive help in course planning. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Students must take OCS 121 if they meet one or more of the following:

  • First time degree seeking students.
  • Transfer student with less than 12 credit hours and no evidence of similar course on transcript.
  • Registering for 6 or more credits.
  • Test into 2 or more developmental classes.
  • Currently does not have OCS credit or registered for OCS.


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.

Minimum General Education (45)

Overview for College Success CREDITS
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Communications (9)
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENG 102 Composition and Research 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (9)
GROUP II Select from Humanities Electives
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)
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)
MTH 190 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5
Physical and Life Science (8-9)
Group V Select from Life Science Elective (Must include one lab)
Group V Select from Physical Science Elective (Must include one lab)

Area of Concentration/Electives (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