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Earth Science-Geology Transfer AS

Last updated 4/7/2014

Associate in Science Code 1538

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Richard Harwood, 309-796-5271, harwoodr@bhc.edu
East Campus
Vashti Berry, 309-854-1711, berryv@bhc.edu


Students planning to major in Geology at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Science curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for a Geology major, students should consult with the Advising area at Black Hawk College for additional information.

The Associate in Science degree is a rigorous science-oriented curriculum which will allow the student to pursue a major in the earth sciences at a four-year school. It is essential that the scheduled be closely followed unless the school of choice has different requirements. A variety of analytical and synthesizing skills are learned and prepare the student to continue to study and work in the earth sciences. Lab work complements the lecture material and teaches the student such practical applications as rock identification, map reading and weather analysis.

Job possibilities include environmental protection, geologic hazard assessment, research consulting, engineering and construction consulting, soil conservation, field work in natural resource management and research, natural resource production in petroleum, natural gas, coal, minerals, metals, stone and clay products. Employers include state and national geological survey departments, departments of agriculture, public utilities, the energy and natural resources industries, and educational and research institutions.

Earth Science-Geology Transfer AS
Associate in Science Code 1538
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
GEOL 101 — Physical Geology (4)
MATH 124 — Calculus I
PHIL 101 — Introduction to Philosophy (3)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
Fine Arts (3)
GEOL 102 — Historical Geology (4)
MATH 225 — Calculus II (4)
Elective (3)

Third Semester
CHEM 101 — General Chemistry I  or  (4-5)
PHYS 101 — College Physics I
Life Science (4)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
Elective (3)

Fourth Semester
ARCH 203 — Introduction to Archaeology (3)
CHEM 102 — General Chemistry II  or  (4-5)
PHYS 102 — College Physics II
GEOG 105 — Introductory Regional Geography (3)
Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

Courses for this program include: »

ARCH 203 Introduction to Archaeology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduces concepts, principles, and methods used to reconstruct cultural history and prehistory. Explores sequences of cultural development that have been learned through archeological analysis. IAI: S1 903

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or CHEM 110; or the completion of MATH 112 “C” or better, Math 118 “C” or better, or Math 123 “C or better, or by Algebra assessment.
Fundamental principles of stoichiometry, periodicity, atomic structure and thermochemistry with applications to gases, liquids, solids and solutions. IAI: P1 902L; CHM 911

CHEM 102 General Chemistry II
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: CHEM 101.
Continuation of CHEM 101. Equilibrium calculations, electrochemistry, acid-base theory, coordination compounds, inorganic chemistry. IAI: CHM 912

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

GEOG 105 Introductory Regional Geography
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
A study of the world’s cultural, economic, historical, political, environmental and physiographic features. The regions examined and discussed include Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. IAI: S4 900N

GEOL 101  Physical Geology
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
The study of the earth’s composition and forces which affect it; minerals, rocks, weathering, erosion, volcanism, structure, earthquakes and plate tectonics. IAI: P1 907L

GEOL 102  Historical Geology
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Study of the origin and evolution of the earth as interpreted from the evidence in rock sequences and fossils. IAI: P1 907L

MATH 124 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or MATH 118 or MATH 112 and MATH 116 “C” or better.
First semester calculus including analytic geometry, with emphasis on functions, limits, continuity, derivative and some of its applications, differentials, antiderivatives, and the definite integral. IAI: M1 900-1, MTH 901

MATH 225 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 124 “C” or better.
Second semester calculus. Includes applications of the definite integral, transcendental functions, techniques of integration, sequences and series, polar coordinates and parametric equation. IAI: M1 900-2, MTH 902

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate COMPASS score or ENG 091 or REA 098 “C” or better.
Some of the basic problems of philosophy. A consideration of the great philosophical systems dating from Socrates to the present. IAI: H4 900

PHYS 101 College Physics I
5 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 112 or equivalent or instructor consent.
For students majoring in a field other than pre-engineering, mathematics or physics. Theory of mechanics, heat and sound. Graduation credit not permitted for both PHYS 101 and 201. IAI: P1 900L

PHYS 102 College Physics II
5 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PHYS 101.
Theory of magnetism, electricity, light and topics from atomic and nuclear physics. Graduation credit not permitted for both PHYS 102 and 202.

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900