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Geology and Planetary Science A.S. Degree
Semester Hours:  60-64
Effective Term: Fall  2012
Prerequisites: RDG094 or higher, and MAT092 or higher, or pass college-level placement tests.
Corequisites: N/A


Program Description: The Associate of Science in Geology and Planetary Science Degree prepares students to transfer to a university to earn a baccalaureate degree in Geology or a related field.

Recommended Proficiencies: Complete RDG094 or pass a college-level placement test. Complete MAT092 or higher, or pass a college-level placement test.

Course Requirements
Geology and Planetary Science Associate of Science Degree (60-64)

General Education Requirements AGEC-S (35-37)

Written Communications (6)
ENG101 English Composition III (3)
ENG102 English Composition IV (3)

Arts and Humanities (6)
Select one Art (3) and one Humanities (3) AGEC course.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6)
Select AGEC courses from two different disciplines.

Physical and Biological Sciences (8)
AST101 Astronomy (4)
GLG101 Physical Geology (4)

Mathematics (3-4)
MAT221 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (4) or higher

Subject Options (6-8)
ENV101 Environmental Science (4)
GLG102 Historical Geology (4)
GLG110 Environmental Geology (4)

Special Awareness Requirements (0-9)
Select AGEC courses to fulfill these requirements.
1. At least three semester credits of coursework in
Intensive Writing and Critical Inquiry
2. At least three semester credits of coursework in Cultural Awareness (Ethnic/Race/Gender)
3. At least three semester credits of coursework in Global/International Awareness or Historical Awareness

Note: Courses used in other areas, such as Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Transfer Electives, may also be used to satisfy the three (3) Special Awareness Requirements categories. A course may not be used to satisfy more than one Special Awareness Requirements category.

Core Requirements (20)
CHM151 General Chemistry I (4)
CHM152 General Chemistry II (4)
MAT231 Calculus with Analytical Geometry II (4)
PHY121 University Physics I: Mechanics (4)
PHY122 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Transferable Electives (0-8)
Based on your major, consult the Transfer Guide at www.aztransfer.com/TransferGuides and select mathematics courses above the second course in the calculus sequence and/or Science courses from: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology or Physics.

Select elective credits that transfer to the chosen university to meet 60-64 credit A.S. Degree requirement.

Other Requirements (3)
Reading Competency: RDG094 College Reading

Computer Competency (3):
AGB124 Microcomputers in Agriculture
OR
CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in each A.S. degree required course.
Students must earn a minimum of 20 credits from CAC which includes the AGEC-S requirements.

This A.S. Degree requires 60-64 credits.
Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Explain the basic natural laws and principles upon which the science of geology is based, including demonstrating the application of mathematical techniques, physical and chemical principles, and computer techniques related to geology.
2. (Evaluation Level) After physically examining common igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, determine their mineral composition and texture. Using this information, identify the samples and explain how these rocks formed.
3. (Evaluation Level) After physically examining various mineral samples, determine a variety of physical properties of minerals, including hardness, cleavage, luster and streak. Using this information, identify the minerals. Demonstrate knowledge of the most important minerals and energy sources used by humans
4. (Analysis Level) Identify a select group of common fossils and describe their methods of preservation.
5. (Evaluation Level) Using geologic maps, determine rock types and ages. Also determine the strike and dips of the beds, and identify different geologic structures. Demonstrate skill with maps, including topographic maps, geologic maps, and geologic cross-sections.
6. (Comprehension Level) Describe the historical development of modern geologic thought. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the Earth and the evolution of life.
7. (Synthesis Level) Demonstrate knowledge of the major physical features of the Earth, including the Earth's internal structure, features of continents, ocean basins, and those produced by the tectonic and hydrologic systems. Also, describe the sources of energy that drive these systems and the Earth features produced by their operation over long periods of geologic time. Demonstrate understanding of the Earth's key geologic processes, including plate tectonics, the rock cycle, and the water cycle.
8. (Evaluation Level) Summarize the basic components of the hydrologic and tectonic systems. Describe the sources of energy that drive these systems and the Earth features produced by their operation over long periods of geologic time. Compare these systems to those operating on other planets.
9. (Evaluation Level) Summarize the basic components of the hydrologic and tectonic systems. Describe the sources of energy that drive these systems and the Earth features produced by their operation over long periods of geologic time. Compare these systems to those operating on other planets.
10. (Synthesis Level) Summarize the major geologic hazards faced by humans and how they can avoid them. List the major mineral and energy resources used by humans and describe their geologic occurrence. Describe some of the basic relationships that exist between humans and the Earth upon which they live. Show how the choices they will make are related. Demonstrate awareness of human effects on the Earth and its climate.
11. (Analysis Level) Explain the differences between relative and absolute geologic dates and be able to determine relative dates from a block diagram. Identify the major portions of the geologic time scale and explain how this great expanse of time was divided into smaller periods.
12. (Synthesis Level) Explain the differences between relative and absolute geologic dates and be able to determine relative dates from a block diagram. Identify the major portions of the geologic time scale and explain how this great expanse of time was divided into smaller periods and how absolute dates were determined for these periods.
13. (Synthesis Level) Describe some of the current scientific theories regarding the origin of the Earth, list the major advances in the chronological development of life upon the Earth and relate these to the major periods of the Geologic Time Scale and the theory of organic evolution.
Standards for Program
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