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Earth Science
Associate in Science

Purpose

The degree program in Earth Sciences transfers to four-year colleges and universities. Completion of the program qualifies a student for junior standing at most four-year colleges and universities in Washington except in astronomy at the University of Washington, and reasonably assures qualification outside of the state. The program will not qualify students for junior standing in astronomy at the University of Washington because only one year of physics with calculus is offered at Centralia College. students not prepared to enter MATH& 131 and CHEM& 121 should plan on more than four years to complete a bachelor's degree in one of the earth sciences. For those students, a three-year program of study at Centralia College, carefully planned with an advisor, is recommended.

Many transfer schools have language requirements for admission or for certain kinds of bachelor's degrees. Graduate work in science may require a foreign language, probably German, French, or Russian.

The program outlined below is more rigorous in mathematics, chemistry, and physics than minimum requirements at some four-year colleges and universities for some earth sciences. Substitution of less rigorous courses is not generally accepted.

Program Outcomes

Please refer to the Distribution Requirements and their criteria listed on pages 36-38 of the 2013-2014 Centralia College catalog.

Recommended Course Schedule

Fall Quarter, First Year

CHEM& 161 General Chemistry w/lab I (S) 6
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
GEOL& 101 Intro to Physical Geology (S) 5
  Total Credits 16

Winter Quarter, First Year

CHEM& 162 General Chemistry w/lab II 6
MATH& 151 Calculus I (M) 5
SPEE 101 Speech Communication (H) 5
  Total Credits 16

Spring Quarter, First Year

CHEM& 163 General Chemistry w/lab III (S) 6
MATH& 152 Calculus II (M) 5
  Health and Fitness Distribution (HF) 3
  Total Credits 14

Fall Quarter, Second Year

  Biology (for science majors) sequence OR
  Physics (calculus or non-calculus based) sequence** 5
OCEA& 101 Intro to Oceanography 5
  Humanities Distribution (H)* OR
  Social Science Distribution (SS)* 5
  Total Credits 15

Winter Quarter, Second Year

  Biology (for science majors) sequence OR
  Physics (calculus or non-calculus based) sequence** 5
GEOG 201 Physical Geography 5
MATH& 163 Calculus 5
  Total Credits 15

Spring Quarter, Second Year

  Biology (for science majors) sequence OR
  Physics (calculus or non-calculus based) sequence** 5
SCIE 115 Weather and Climate OR
GEOL 108 Natural Hazards & Catastrophes 5
  Social Science Distribution (SS)* 5
  Total Credits 15

*Students are required to complete 3-5 credits in a Diversity Course (D). A list of courses that satisfy the Diversity Requirement can be found in the college catalog.

**Some baccalaureate institutions require physics with calculus.

Updated 2014