ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE (0002) – EARTH SCIENCE PRE-MAJOR

Students who plan to earn an Associate in Science degree then transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Geology, Astronomy, Meteorology or Oceanography should follow the steps listed below. It is strongly recommended that you confer with a SWIC academic advisor prior to enrolling each semester and familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

Fulfill the General Education and other institutional requirements for the Associate in Science degree listed in the printed or online College Catalog. General Education course preferences may vary by transfer institution.

Recomended Courses

Total Credits 24
Course Number Course Description Credits
ES 101 Earth Science 4
ES 102 Physical Geology 4
ES 114 Environmental Biology 4
ES 180 Historical Geology 4
ATY 101 Astronomy 4
ES 250 Introduction to Meteorology 4

Most four-year colleges and universities will accept the following classes as major credit towards a degree in Geology, Astronomy, Meteorology or Oceanography:

Course Number  Course Description Credits
MATH 203 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I 5
CHEM 10 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II 5
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II 5

Optional Courses

Course Number  Course Description Credits
PHYS 151 College Physics I 5
PHYS 152 College Physics II 5
PHYS 204 Physics – Mechanics 5
PHYS 205 Heat, Elec & Magnetism

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*The optional courses listed above may be applicable toward a baccalaureate degree in Geology, Astronomy, Meteorology or Oceanography. Please keep in mind that most transfer institutions limit the number of credit hours taken within a student’s major field of study at the community college level. To ensure the acceptance of such courses toward your intended major, check with the four-year institution where you are transferring or a SWIC academic advisor regarding their applicability.

  • Fulfill all other Associate in Science degree requirements listed in the printed or online College Catalog.
  • Apply for graduation by the date published in the college calendar.
  • Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Manytransfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.Note: Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course prerequisites.