Geosciences Transfer


The Program:

This two-year associate's degree program genuinely has multiple exit avenues for potential graduates. The program is designed to give students a fundamental knowledge base of advanced earth sciences, as well as equip them with some of the latest skills used in Geosciences today.

The Geosciences curriculum contains a good mix of hands-on, "in-the-field" work, as well more traditional classroom work. Students will learn important workplace skills such as maps and map reading, basic surveying techniques and surveying systems, aerial photography interpretation, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Embedded in the Geosciences degree program is the GIS Certificate. In this 3-course certificate program, students will learn ArcGIS 10, the industry standard mapping software. Students will use ArcGIS to create professional, poster-sized maps depicting a myriad of geographic information.

Geosciences graduates will be excellent candidates for entry level positions in the oil and gas business, government agencies, surveying companies and other land-based organizations. Graduates will also be able to seamlessly transition into a Geology, Geography, or Environmental Science Baccalaureate Program elsewhere if he/she so chooses.

Successful completion of the Geosciences degree program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree. A student must complete all technical courses with a "C" or better and maintain a minimum, cumulative 2.0 grade point average.

Career Opportunities

  • Geographic
  • Information System (GIS) Specialist or Technician
  • County Engineers
  • Soil & Water conservation
  • Oil & Gas
  • Land Brokers

Program Goals

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Read, listen, and think critically.
  • Work well with others in a team-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrate a general computer literacy, including the use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
  • Utilize a variety of communication skills to communicate effectively.
  • Describe and explain the physical world around them in basic geological terms.
  • Recognize, read, and effectively interpret different types of maps, aerial photography, and surveys.
  • Utilize GPS technology effectively.
  • Utilize ArcGIS to open, create, and manipulate complex maps and mapping projects.
  • Give insightful critiques of maps.
  • Articulate into a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, or similar fiel, or to a job in the Geoscience field.

Geoscience Courses

GEOS 1010 - Physical Geography
GEOS 2510 - Intro to Mapping and GIS
GEOS 2520 - GIS Applications
GEOS 2410 - Introduction to Meteorology

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Janet Schilling

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