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.

  1. 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.
  2. As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:As you fulfill your degree requirements, it is strongly recommended that you take the following classes:
    ES 101 – Earth Science
    ES 102 – Physical Geology (Geology major)
    ES 114 – Environmental Biology (Geology major)
    ES 180 – Historical Geology (Geology major)
    ATY 101 – Astronomy (Astronomy major)
    ES 250 – Introduction to Meteorology (Meteorology major)
  3. Most four-year colleges and universities will accept the following classes as major credit towards a degree in Geology, Astronomy, Meteorology or Oceanography:
    MATH 203 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
    MATH 204 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus II
    CHEM 105 – General Chemistry I
    CHEM 106 – General Chemistry II
  4. The optional courses listed below 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.
    PHYS 151 – College Physics I (Geology or Oceanography major)
    PHYS 152 – College Physics II (Geology or Oceanography major)
    PHYS 204 – Physics – Mechanics (Astronomy or Meteorology major)
    PHYS 205 – Heat, Elec & Magnetism (Astronomy or Meteorology major)
  5. Fulfill all other Associate in Science degree requirements listed in the printed or online College Catalog.
  6. Apply for graduation by the date published in the college calendar.
  7. Earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate from SWIC. Many transfer 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.