Associate in Science - Transfer (AS-T)

Earth Sciences

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):

Degree Requirements  

Pre-Major Requirements (50 credits)

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 Intro to Earth Sciences 5

GEOL& 101

Intro Physical Geology


OCEA& 101

GEOL 118

Intro to Oceanography OR

Historical Geology


MATH& 153*

MATH& 146

Calculus III OR

Introduction to Statistics

PHYS& 221* Engr Physics I w/Lab 5
PHYS& 222* Engr Physics II w/Lab 5
PHYS& 223* Engr Physics III w/Lab 5

Recommended Electives

MATH& 141 Precalculus I 5
MATH& 142 Precalculus II 5
ASTR& 101 Intro to Astronomy 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 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.

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

  • 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 February 2020 (Effective Winter 2020)


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 for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions in the year prior to transferring. 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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