Earth Sciences Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Earth Sciences Focus

About The Program

Knowledge about the planet we inhabit, the surrounding universe and the natural forces that impact our world adds value to our daily lives and provides the basis for interesting careers in a broad range of disciplines: astronomy, geology, meteorology and oceanography. Begin studies for an advanced degree leading to positions with government agencies or private industry as an independent consultant, teacher, or researcher.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Recommended Natural Sciences and/or Electives

ASTR& 101 Intro to Astronomy 5
BIOL 130 Biodiversity of Pacific Northwest 5
CHEM& 161* General Chemistry w/Lab I 5
CHEM& 162* General Chemistry w/Lab II 5
CHEM& 163* General Chemistry w/Lab III 5
ERSI 104 Introduction to Earth Sciences 5
GEOL& 101 Intro to Physical Geology 5
GEOL 118 Historical Geology 5
OCEA& 101 Intro to Oceanography 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.  A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.


*It is recommended that sequence courses be completed at one institution.

MATH& 141 and 142 are highly recommended.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Interpret and use various kinds of maps, globes, charts, and graphs.
  • Apply scientific knowledge and techniques to current environmental issues.
  • Describe basic earth processes in an interdisciplinary context.
  • Effectively communicate earth sciences concepts.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with global and regional geology and geography.
Revised June 2019


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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