Associate of Science Degree with Designation

Recommended basic skills standards are

This program provides basic preparation in geology for students planning to transfer at the junior level. A study of geology leads to careers in a variety of sub-disciplines such as earth science teaching, petroleum geology, economic geology, mining geology, paleontology, and construction geology. Because of the location of the college in the southern Rockies, field experience is emphasized in all of the offerings.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Five (5) credit hours

MAT 201

Calculus I: MA1


Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)


Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Ten (10) credit hours

CHE 111

General College Chemistry I w/Lab: SC1


CHE 112

General College Chemistry II w/Lab: SC1


Additional Required Courses

Twenty-three (23) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

GEY 111

Physical Geology w/Lab: SC1


GEY 112

Historical Geology w/Lab: SC1


MAT 202

Calculus II: MA1


PHY 211

Physics: Calculus-based I w/Lab: SC1


PHY 212

Physics: Calculus-based II w/Lab: SC1



One (1) credit hour selected from the AS approved course list

Total Credit Hours


Additional information available on the Geology Department website at