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If you have a special fascination with the planet and it’s condition, this department is your perfect match. Our courses cover the basic study of the earth’s geology, atmosphere, oceans, and its place in time and space. Our transfer options can help you reach a four-year degree and secure a career in teaching, research, environmental analysis and a number of other fields.

TRANSFER MAJOR REQUIREMENTS are available in the Counseling Center. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements. Positions for which four-year graduates in the disciplines in Earth Science are qualified include teaching, research, industry, regional planning, environmental analysis and others in the minerals/fuels industries.

Geology for Transfer

AS-T Degree

Geology investigates our planet Earth from diverse perspectives, spanning from the smaller scale study of its building blocks (minerals) to the larger scale study of its dynamism (Theory of Plate Tectonics), as well as its history and the relationship between the physical environment and the evolution of life. This is accomplished by viewing the planet as a system, where there are interactions between the lithosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and the biosphere. Within this context, students develop strong critical thinking, problem solving, communication and technical skills to work in a relatively large set of career fields beyond that of Geology, such as Hydrology, Geophysics, Oceanography, Meteorology and Environmental Science. The required curricular sequence also provides the necessary skills in the physical sciences and mathematics required for junior standing at baccalaureate institutions. Thus, future Earth Scientists acquire both a global and sequential way to approach topics, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of the field and also enhance their expertise through hands-on laboratory work, readying themselves for the applied nature of the workforce (industry, consulting and government agencies).

The Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer degree (AS-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Geology or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

  • completion of all courses required for the major with grades of “C” or better; and
  • completion of the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. (Students transferring to a CSU campus using IGETC must complete Area 1C Oral Communication to be eligible for admission.)

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

RESTRICTION: International coursework from non-United States regionally accredited institutions cannot be applied to associate degrees for transfer.

Geology

A.S. Degree

A two-year associate degree in Geology prepares students to work in entry-level technical positions in the geological profession, including such fields as environmental assessment and mitigation, hydrology, mining, agronomy, conservation and interpretation. Additional professional opportunities are available for students with advanced degrees. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

  • Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements;
  • California State University General Education Breadth pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Apply the fundamental principles of Earth Science to natural phenomena.
  • Solve Earth Science problems using field data.
  • Critique, properly manipulate, and present laboratory data needed to solve Earth Science problems.
  • Relate Earth Science concepts to real events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or sever weather events.
  • Geology, A.S.T. Degree
  • Master the essential concepts of Earth Science (Geology).
  • Apply the scientific method to critically review topics in Earth Science (Geology).
  • Evaluate the relationship between Earth Science (Geology) and society.
  • Earth Science: Geology, A.S. Degree
  • Master the essential concepts of Earth Science (Geology).
  • Apply the scientific method to critically review topics in Earth Science (Geology).
  • Evaluate the relationship between Earth Science (Geology) and society.

Contact

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  • V 211
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    F: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • (916) 660-7900
  • (916) 630-4542

Dawn Ackerman Part-time Instructor, Geology

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Alejandro "Alex" Amigo Geology Instructor

  • S 103-A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Jon Beckler Part-time Instructor, Earth Science, Geography

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

George Bromm Laboratory Technician, Earth Science and Geology

  • S 122
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Paul Carpenter Part-time Instructor, Earth Science

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Holly Dodson Geology Instructor

  • S 115A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Richard Hilton Instructor, Earth Science

  • S 115 B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Richard Hilton is a professor of earth science, a paleontological consultant and, with his wife Kristin, works as a world traveling naturalist. He... More

William "Chip" Johnson Part-time Instructor, Earth Science

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Dorothee Moss Part-time Instructor, Earth Science, Geography,

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Kimberlee Stevens Part-time Instructor, Earth Science

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Frank DeCourten Instructor, Earth Science, Nevada County Campus

  • N7 212
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

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