The Earth Science Associate of Science degree at Mendocino College reflects the many opportunities of this broad field, offering a suite of courses to prepare students with a sound physical science background via the application of scientific principles, problem solving techniques and critical thinking, with an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning. Students will study the relationships among geographic places, natural systems and resources, and society, as applied to understanding the earth’s history, evolution, our changing climate, and earth resources. Students can obtain the associate degree and build their knowledge base and resume for employment or transfer to a four-year institution to further their studies. As with all degree programs, students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should research the transfer institution's requirements and plan to complete with the CSU GE Breadth pattern or IGETC GE pattern. Please check with a counselor for more specific transfer information.