A.S., Geology

A.S.-T, Geology


The Cuesta College Earth and Ocean Science Program involves the study of the solid earth, ocean and atmosphere. It is the branch of science that investigates diverse geologic processes, including rock and mineral formation, tectonic and volcanic processes, and landform and seafloor development.  In addition, the examination of the origins and evolution of life through the study of fossils (paleontology) and the assessment of economically important mineral deposits, fossil fuels, and geologic hazards are integral to the discipline.

The chemistry and physics of the ocean and atmosphere are examined for their impact on the distribution of marine sediments, ocean circulation, weather and global climate patterns. Specific course topics fulfill the lower division requirements for majors in geology, geophysics, civil engineering, construction management, and environmental science. Students can earn an A.S. degree in Geology at Cuesta College, preparing them for transfer to four-year institutions or for employment in technical careers. 


An Associate Degree, depending on the focus of study, is designed to prepare students for transfer into upper division course work in a bachelor’s degree program, or, to prepare students to enter the workforce in a particular vocational field.  To qualify for an Associate’s Degree, a student must:  

1) complete each major-specific course required for the degree with at least a "C" grade or better,

2) complete all Cuesta College general education, graduation and residency requirements,

3) achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 for all courses attempted (major, general education, elective), and

4) submit an Associate’s Degree Application to Admissions and Records.


Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary Natural Sciences Managers
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers Water Resource Specialists


Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer