Geological Sciences–Earth Science Concentration, A.S.-B.S.

This is a suggested course plan. It is highly recommended that you meet regularly with your academic advisor to determine your course selection and progress toward graduation.

Students who transfer to UNC under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) have all lower-level General Education requirements completed, but must complete these requirements through transfer or UNC coursework: Global Language, Research and Discovery, Lifetime Fitness, Communication Beyond Carolina, Campus Life Experience, and, where applicable, Supplemental General Education. Students who do not transfer in under the CAA should work closely with their advisor to determine which requirements apply to them for the IDEAs in Action General Education curriculum.

This catalog also includes a complete list of requirements for the Geological Sciences–Earth Science Concentration B.S. degree.

North Carolina Community College

UGETC Curriculum

UGETCEnglish composition (ENG 111 + ENG 112 = UNC ENGL 105)6
UGETCHumanities/Fine Arts/Communication (2 courses from at least 2 different disciplines; see UGETC list below)6
UGETCSocial and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses from at least 2 different disciplines; see UGETC list below)6
MAT 271Calculus I (UNC MATH 231 + MATH 129P + MATH 110P) 14
MAT 272Calculus II (UNC MATH 232 + MATH 110P) 14
CHM 151General Chemisty I (UNC CHEM 101/101L) 14
CHM 152General Chemistry II (UNC CHEM 102/102L) 14
Total Hours34

Additional General Education Courses

XXX 111Foreign Language Level 13
XXX 112Foreign Language Level 23
XXX 211Foreign Language Level 3 33
One of:4
PHY 151
College Physics I (UNC PHYS 114) 2
PHY 251
General Physics I (UNC PHYS 118) 2
Total Hours13

Other Required Hours

ACA 122College Transfer Success (UNC GENR ---)1
One of:3-4
CSC 134
C++ Programming (UNC COMP 110) 2
CSC 151
JAVA Programming (UNC COMP 110) 2
MAT 152
Statistical Methods I (UNC STOR 155) 2
One of:4
BIO 111
General Biology (UNC BIOL 101/101L + BIOL 103) 2
PHY 152
College Physics II (UNC PHYS 115) 2
PHY 252
General Physics II (UNC PHYS 119) 2
CHM 131 & CHM 131A
Intro to Chemistry & Intro to Chemisty Lab (UNC CHEM 200) 2
Total Hours13
Total Community College Hours60

Required in the major.


Counts in the major.


All NC Community College Language courses numbered 211 are approved to transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill as a course that completes the GLBL-LANG IDEAs in Action requirement.

UNC-Chapel Hill

Semester 5

EMES 200IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Solid Earth (Fall Only) 13
GEOLGeology Core Courses 1, 27
Science Elective #1 1, 33
Science Elective #2 1, 33
Total Hours16

Semester 6

EMES 201IDEAs in Action General Education logo Earth's Surface: Processes, Landforms, and History (Spring Only) 13
GEOLGeology Core Courses 1, 26
GEOLGeology Course Numbered Above 300 1, 43
Science Elective #3 1, 33
Minor course #2, Elective, or IDEAs in Action Requirement 63
Total Hours18

Semester 7

GEOLGeology Courses Numbered Above 300 1, 33
Capstone Course #1 1, 53
Science Elective #4 1, 33
Science Elective #5 1, 33
Lifetime Fitness1
Minor course #3, Elective, or IDEAs in Action Requirement 63
Total Hours16

Semester 8

GEOLGeology Course Numbered Above 300 1, 46
Capstone Course #2 1, 53
Minor course #4, Elective, or IDEAs in Action Requirement 63
Minor course #5, Elective, or IDEAs in Action Requirement 63
Total Hours15

Required in the major.

GEOL courses numbered above 101 are offered once per year.  Courses that are always offered in spring or fall have been noted on the above recommended course plan.  Other courses may vary between terms and students should take this into account during course planning.


13 credit hours from the following options: EMES 301 (Fall Only), EMES 302 (Fall Only), EMES 303 (Spring Only), EMES 304 (Spring Only), EMES 306EMES 405, EMES 406, or EMES 417.


The list of science electives not otherwise required for the major can be found on the degree requirements.


Four geology courses (12 hours) numbered above 300 and not otherwise required for the major.


Capstone requirement can be completed with one of the following: EMES 485 & EMES 486, EMES 691H & EMES 692H, 6 total credits of GEOL 395, or 6 total credits of Science-oriented Experiential Education (EE) Courses.  Use of Science-oriented Experiential Education (EE) Courses must be pre-approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

IDEAs In Action Requirements: EMES 691H fulfills RESEARCH, EMES 692H fulfills RESEARCH.


Minors at UNC are typically comprised of five courses, totaling 15 credit hours.  The remaining course to complete a minor may overlap with a major requirement, be completed at the NCCC and transferred, be taken over the summer, or be taken in an earlier term.  Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to plan the course sequence for a minor if they choose to complete one.

UGETC Course List (A.S. Curriculum) 

English Composition (two courses)6
ENG 111Writing & Inquiry 1
ENG 112Writing/Research in the Disciplines 1
Humanities/Fine Arts (two courses from at least two different disciplines)6
ART 111Art Appreciation (UNC GENR 111)
ART 114Art History Survey I (UNC ARTH 151)
ART 115 Art History Survey II (UNC ARTH 152)
COM 120Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (UNC COMM 120), OR
COM 231
Public Speaking (UNC COMM 113)
DRA 111Theatre Appreciation (UNC DRAM 116)
ENG 231American Literature I (UNC ENGL 128) 2
ENG 232American Literature II (UNC ENGL 128) 2
ENG 241British Literature I (UNC ENGL 120) 2
ENG 242British Literature II (UNC ENGL 121) 2
MUS 110Music Appreciation (UNC MUSC 141)
MUS 112Introduction to Jazz (UNC MUSC 145)
PHI 215Philosophical Issues (UNC PHIL 101) 2
PHI 240Introduction to Ethics (UNC PHIL 160) 2
Social/Behavioral Science (two coures from at least two different disciplines)6
ECO 251Principles of Microeconomics (UNC GENR 119) 3
ECO 252Principles of Microeconomics (UNC GENR 119) 3
HIS 111World Civilizations I (UNC GENR 113)
HIS 112World Civilizations II (UNC GENR 113)
HIS 131American History I (UNC HIST 127)
HIS 132American History II (UNC HIST 128)
POL 120American Government (UNC POLI 100)
PSY 150General Psychology (UNC PSYC 101)
SOC 210Introduction to Sociology (UNC SOCI 101)
Mathematics (select two courses)8
MAT 171Precalculus Algebra (UNC MATH 110P)
MAT 172Pre-calculus Trigonometry (UNC MATH 130 + MATH 110P)
MAT 263Brief Calculus (UNC MATH 152 + MATH 110P)
MAT 271Calculus I (UNC MATH 231 + MATH 129P + MATH 110P)
MAT 272 Calculus II (UNC MATH 232 + MATH 110P)
Natural Sciences (select 8 SCH from the following courses):8
AST 151/151AGeneral Astronomy I and Lab (UNC ASTR 101/100L)
BIO 110Principles of Biology (UNC GENR 116)
BIO 111 & 112General Biology I & II (UNC BIOL 101/101L + BIOL 103 + BIOL 104)
CHM 151 & 152General Chemistry I & II (UNC CHEM 101/101L +CHEM 102/102L)
GEL 111Introduction Geology (UNC EMES 101/101L)
PHY 110/110AConceptual Physics and Lab (UNC PHYS 101)
PHYS 151 & 152College Physics I & II (UNC PHYS 114 + PHYS 115)
PHYS 251 & 252General Physics I & II (UNC PHYS 118 + PHYS 119)
Total Hours34

IDEAs In Action Requirements not covered by the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement that could be completed at the Community College:

COM 231 (UNC COMM 113) can fulfill COMMBEYOND; COM 120 (UNC COMM 120), CHM 2512 (UNC CHEM 261 + CHEM 262L) or CHM 2522 (UNC CHEM 262 + CHEM 262L) can fulfill RESEARCH, and PED 110 (LFIT 998) can fulfill LIFE-FIT.


Students who complete both ENG 111 and 112 receive credit for UNC ENGL 100 + ENGL 105.


Course may have prerequisite(s). Consult the North Carolina Community College Combined Course Library for most current information.


ECO 251 + 252 = UNC ECON 101 + UNC GENR 119.

Additional Resources

Applying to Carolina

Advising and Community College Course Selection

  • For UGETC, Pre-Major, Elective, or GEC course options, please refer to the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement transfer course list.
  • Students should work with their community college academic advisor to ensure appropriate course selection for AA/AS degree completion.

Additional Resources

  • To find out how your N.C. community college coursework will transfer to UNC, please view the transfer credit list for your community college campus.