geologist chipping and examining rocks from a cliff face


Lea Bingham
Assistant Dean, University Transfer
Phillips (Building 3), room 3-126
919-536-7223, ext. 8004


University Transfer Options

The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) allows students who complete the Associate in Science degree to transfer to a four-year NC public university as well as the private colleges who signed this agreement.

The Associate in Science (AS)

The Associate in Science (AS) is intended for students who ultimately wish to complete a baccalaureate science degree at a four-year college or university. The AS curriculum courses focus on courses such as biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, mathematics, or physics.

Course Selection Guide

This course selection guide shown below has been developed by referencing the Baccalaureate Degree plans or the student plans for the Bachelor of Science degrees at the universities listed below. Note that most of these universities also offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology.

  • NCCU (Geoscience Concentration) – BS in Environmental, Earth, and Geographic Sciences
  • NC State University (NCSU) – BS in Geology
  • UNC-Chapel Hill (Environmental Geoscience) – BS in Geologic Sciences, Earth Science Concentration
  • UNC Wilmington (UNCW) – BS in Geology (Academic Option)

Note that there are many concentrations within geology majors so students should print out and save the baccalaureate degree plan (BDP) for their major and intended transfer university.

Jobs associated with these degrees include environmental consultant, geological surveyor, natural history museum curator, environmental field technician, GIS analyst, and, with graduate education, engineer, environmental geologist, geochemist, geophysicist, teacher, paleontologist, petroleum geologist, seismologist, oceanographer, professor. 

Printable Geology Course Selection Guide (pdf)

General Education – 45 SHC (“Semester Hours of Credit”)
Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) Courses (34 SHC)

UGETC courses are courses which are guaranteed to fulfill a general education component at every public university in North Carolina and the private colleges that are signatories to the 2015 Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

English Composition (6 SHC)
ENG 111 Writing & InquiryENG 111ENG 111ENG 111ENG 111
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the DisciplinesENG 112ENG 112ENG 112ENG 112
Humanities/Fine Arts (H/FA) (6 SHC)

Select two courses from separate disciplines

One course selected from ART 111, 114, 115; COM 231; MUS 110, 112COM 231COM 231AnyART 114/115 or MUS
One course selected from ENG 231, 232, 241, 242; PHI 215, 240AnyAnyAnyAny
Social and Behavioral Sciences (S/BS) (6 SHC)

Select two courses from separate disciplines

One course selected from HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, or HIS 132HIS 112AnyAnyAny
ECO 251, 252, POL 120; PSY 150, or SOC 210AnyAnyAnyAny
Mathematics (8 SHC)

Select two courses from from MAT 171, 172, 263, 271, 272

First CourseMAT 171MAT 271MAT 271MAT 171
Second CourseMAT 172MAT 272MAT 272MAT 263
Natural Science (8 SHC)

Two courses taken in a sequence selected from BIO 111 and 112; CHM 151 and 152; PHY 151 and 152 or PHY 251 and PHY 252
At NCCU CHM 152 is required for Durham Tech science sequence. 

First Course in SequenceCHM 151CHM 151CHM 151CHM 151
Second Course in SequenceCHM 152CHM 152CHM 152CHM 152

At NCCU CHM 152 is required for Durham Tech science sequence.

Additional General Education Transfer Hours (11 SHC)
Foreign Language (3 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementNCCUNCSUUNCCHUNCW
Choose from American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, or Spanish. FL 112 must be taken with accompanying lab.FL 112FL 112 - required by Durham TechFL 211FL 112

NCSU does not require FL for this major IF two years of FL were successfully completed in high school.
UNCW requires 2 semesters of a new language or 3 semesters of a language begun in high school.

Additional Mathematics/Science Courses (8 SHC)
Durham Tech Gen Ed RequirementNCCUNCSUUNCCHUNCW
First CourseGEL 111GEL 111GEL 111GEL 111
Second CourseBIO 111PHY 151 or PHY 251PHY 151 or PHY 251PHY 151 or PHY 251
Other Required Hours (15 SHC)
College Transfer Success Course (1 SHC)
Durham Tech RequirementNCCUNCSUUNCCHUNCW
ACA 122 (This course should be taken in the student’s first semester.)ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122ACA 122
Foreign Language (4-8 SHC)
Durham Tech RequirementNCCUNCSUUNCCHUNCW
FL 111/181, 112/182 if needed to meet FL requirementsAs NeededAs NeededAs NeededAs Needed
Additional Major Course(s)
Durham Tech RequirementNCCUNCSUUNCCHUNCW
Additional college level course(s) to complete the 15 SHC requirement.GEO 111
HEA 110
PED 110
CSC 151
PHY 152 or 252
One of the following: 
BIO 111,
PHY 152 or 252 or CHM 131/A
One of the following:
CSC 151,
CSC 134, or
MAT 152
COM 120 or 231
MAT 152
PHY 152 or 252
PED 110

Guaranteed Admissions Pathways

Durham Tech has partnered with several universities to develop guaranteed admissions pathways for a seamless transition into their baccalaureate programs for eligible students who complete a Durham Tech university transfer degree (AA, AS, AFA, and AE). Students must apply for acceptance into these programs.

View more information about Guaranteed Admissions Pathways and the list of universities. 

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

Long Term

(More than 12 months)