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2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Earth and Planetary Sciences, A.S.

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HEGIS: 5499.00
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. John Mikalopas


The Earth and Planetary Sciences AS degree is designed to provide students with foundational courses in earth science, physics, and mathematics in preparation for transfer to baccalaureate programs. Courses focus on understanding the earth’s subsystems, their evolution and interaction on different temporal and spatial scales, relevance of the earth system to the individual and society, and support quantitative reasoning, scientific writing, and research.

The curriculum presented here applies to students who started the major in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. If you enrolled as a matriculant prior to that, please see the College Catalog for the year you started the major as a matriculant for the curriculum requirements that apply to you.

Consultation with the Program Advisor is required.

Degree Map:

Degree Map for Earth and Planetary Sciences, A.S.  

Your Degree Map contains the suggested term-by-term course sequence for your academic path towards graduation. 

To ensure successful and timely completion of your degree, it is recommended that you meet with your academic advisor to discuss your unique map. 

Please note some courses may only be offered once an academic year.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Earth and Planetary Sciences degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the earth’s subsystems
  2. be able to describe the interaction and evolution of these subsystems on different temporal and spatial scales
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the nature of human interactions with the earth subsystems
  4. demonstrate a recognition of the relevance of the earth system to the individual and to society
  5. recognize, describe, and analyze the types of natural hazards and natural resources
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the nature of scientific knowledge and its historical development

College Requirements:

English and Math proficient as determined by the CUNY Proficiency Index, unless otherwise exempt, or successful completion of any required developmental course(s).

Civic Engagement Experiences:

One (1) Civic Engagement experience satisfied by Civic Engagement Certified or Civic Engagement Component course or approved outside activity.

Writing Intensive Requirement:

One (1) Writing Intensive Course  in any discipline is required. 

Required Core (4 Courses, 13 Credits):

When Required Core Courses are specified for a category, they are required for the major

Flexible Core (6 Courses, 20 Credits):

When Flexible Core Courses are specified for a category, they are required for the major

One course from each Group A to D (Group E is satisfied by the courses shown.)

No more than two courses can be selected from the same discipline

A. World Cultures and Global Issues Designated Course

B. U.S. Experience in its Diversity Designated Course

C. Creative Expression Designated Course

D. Individual and Society Designated Course

E. Scientific World Designated Course*

Major Requirements (7 Courses, 26 Credits):


1 credits sufficient to meet required total of 60 credits


^ Depending on Math placement, students may be required to select MAT 1000  

*This program has a waiver to require particular courses in the Common Core, otherwise more than the minimum credits for the degree may be necessary.

Total Credits: 60

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