Geology, Earth, and Environmental Science, Associate in Science

Program Code: 0211


As a geosciences student, you won’t just study rocks, you’ll explore the Earth’s history and gain valuable insight into some of today’s most pressing concerns, such as global climate change. You’ll study the Earth’s treasures, such as fossils and gems, as well as its dangers, such as volcanoes and earthquakes. You might find yourself becoming a geoscientist, a meteorologist, a mining engineer, an environmental scientist, or a geological engineer at an oil company.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Geology, Earth Science, Earth and Environmental Science. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Science (AS) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
GEOLOGY 201 Physical Geology 1 4
MATH 207 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 1 5
Social and Behavioral Sciences course (HD) 1 3
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
BIOLOGY 121 Biology I 1 5
MATH 208 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 1 5
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Semester 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I (Or high school chemistry equivalent) 1 5
Humanities course 1 3
Physical Sciences Elective 2 3-5
Semester 4
Fine Arts course 1 3
PHYSICS 221 Mechanics, Waves, and Heat 2 5
CHEM 203 General Chemistry II 2 5
Elective 2 3
 Total Hours61-63

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway Elective

ANTHRO 201Intro to Biological and Cultural Evolutions of Humans3
ASTROMY 201Descriptive Astronomy3
BOTANY 201General Botany I4
ENVR ST 101Man & Environment I3
GEOG 101World Geography3
GEOG 201Physical Geography3
LIS 101Information Literacy3
MATH 209Calculus & Analytic Geometry III5
PHY SCI 101General Course Physical Science3
PHY SCI 107Current Public Issues in Physical Science3
PHY SCI 111General Course I Physical Science4

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.