May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 CNM Catalog, Volume 55 
2023-2024 CNM Catalog, Volume 55 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Geology, Associate of Science

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School of Math, Science & Engineering (MSE)

Earth and Planetary Science is the study of the Earth and other bodies in the solar system.  At CNM, Geology is the focus of our Earth and Planetary Science program.  Introductory courses study the planet Earth, including the materials that make up the Earth, the processes that act on these materials, the evolution of the continents and life through time, and the science behind environmental issues.  This program is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate of Science in Earth and Planetary Science from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Planetary Science at the University of New Mexico. However, students from CNM seeking a baccalaureate degree may also transfer to other institutions. Students interested in transfer to UNM should consult the UNM Earth and Planetary Science Department. Students should always refer to the catalog of their intended transfer institution for admission, program, course, and graduation requirements. College catalogs are generally available online. Students should also consult an advisor at CNM.

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Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is an: Associate of Science Degree
  • This educational option can be completed: Part-Time or Full-Time
  • This educational option is designed for: Immediate employment and transfer into a baccalaureate program
  • This educational option can be started: Any Term
  • Scheduling Information: Follow course catalog recommendations to avoid scheduling problems
  • Primary course location: Main Campus

Special Requirements

  • Students are expected to purchase textbooks, lab manuals and lab safety equipment

Information for people with felony convictions

  • A felony conviction will not prevent entry into the program or employment; however, it may limit available employment opportunities.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Educational Opportunities

Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.

Program Requirements


Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 61

Program Approved Communications Elective


* NM universities offer different Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology, Environmental Studies, and EPS. Please review those programs before choosing your CNM classes. Students are encouraged to consult with an advisor at a 4-year institution to which they wish to transfer to best determine which courses to take.

** Students intending to transfer to a Bachelor of Science program at UNM or NMTech, are recommended to take MATH 1510, MATH 1520, PHYS 1310, PHYS 1320, CHEM 1215, and CHEM 1225. Both schools require chemistry labs. Labs for physics requirement depends on the program and school. Students intending to transfer to NMSU should consult with an advisor regarding which physics courses to take for your preferred degree.

*** Social Behavioral Gen Ed Recommendation: 1) ECON 2110 Macroeconomics, see Bachelor degree requirements for UNM; 2) GEOG 1130 Human Geography

**** Autocad and GIS are sought after skills in NM geoscience job market. Consider taking the BCIS 1110 and GIS 1118 courses as an unrestricted elective in terms 1 and 2; BCIS 1110 is a pre-requisite for GIS 1118. GIS 1005 is also recommended for an unrestricted elective; however, there is a 1-credit prerequisite of CAD 1001. GIS 1002 does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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