Geology - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with a focus in geology includes courses that are commonly required for a geology major and meets lower-division general education requirements at all Oregon public universities. Note additional coursework in physics, chemistry, and mathematics is needed.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Please see the General Education page for statewide general education student learning outcomes.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Choose one course4
Recommend: MTH 111Z or higher 2
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
WR 121ZComposition I4
WR 122ZComposition II4
or WR 227Z Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses from at least two prefixes9-12
Recommend: ART 143
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Recommend: G 201, G 202, G 203, CH 221
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable.39
Other courses to consider: G 161, G 298
Total Credits90-106

HHPA activity courses (1 credit each) are not to be duplicated.


Students planning to major in Geology should plan to complete a math course at least through MTH 252 Calculus II. Depending on math level placement, the sequence of math courses is MTH 111Z Precalculus I: FunctionsMTH 112Z Precalculus II: Trigonometry, MTH 251 Calculus I, MTH 252 Calculus II.

Advising Notes

Introductory Courses

For students curious about geology but with a limited science background, GS 106 Physical Science: Geology or G 147 Violent Earth  is recommended. G 201 Geology I - The Dynamic Earth is designed for beginning scientists while providing a path into the majors sequence. To explore geology outdoors, choose field-based courses, such as G 161 Field Geology: Study of Landscape EvolutionG 162CV Field Geology: Cascade Volcanoes, or G 163 Field Geology: Rivers, Lakes and Springs of Central Oregon.

Geology Majors

Oregon universities with a geology or earth sciences major include Oregon State University, Portland State University, Western Oregon University, and University of Oregon. Requirements vary slightly according to each institution's particular degree program; please follow links above for details. 

The sequence of geology courses for majors is: G 201 Geology I - The Dynamic Earth, G 202 Geology II - Earth's Surface, and G 203 Geology III - Earth History.

If students intend to finish their bachelor's degree within two years after transferring, it is strongly recommended to complete math, chemistry, and physics while at COCC. Most universities require:

Students are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate transfer university for the most current requirements of their major and emphasis area.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First Year
Discipline Studies Lab Science (recommend G 201)4
Discipline Studies Social Science 13-4
Mathematics (recommend MTH 111Z or higher)4
WR 121ZComposition I4
Discipline Studies Science Lab (recommend G 202)4
Elective (recommend MTH 112Z)4
Oral Communication3-4
WR 122Z
Composition II
or Technical Writing
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters 13-4
Discipline Studies Science Lab (recommend G 203)4
Discipline Studies Social Science 14
Health 23-4
Elective (consider: G 161)3
Second Year
Discipline Studies Arts and Letters (recommend ART 143) 13
Discipline Studies Social Science 13-4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend CH 221)5
Elective (recommend MTH 251)4
Discipline Studies Arts and Letters 13-4
Elective (recommend CH 222)5
Elective (recommend MTH 252)4
Elective (recommend PH 211)5
Discipline Studies Social Science 13-4
Elective (recommend CH 223)5
Elective (recommend PH 212)5
Elective (only if needed, consider G 298)
 Total Credits92-99

One discipline studies course should be on both the cultural literacy and either the arts and letters or social science lists.


To meet the health requirement, students have the choice of taking one 3- or 4-credit course from the health list, or taking 3 1-credit HHP or HHPA courses which can be spread over several terms.

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