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What is a Transfer Pathway?

A transfer pathway represents a typical course schedule/sequence for a student planning to complete the A.S. degree within two years, then transfer and major in a specific discipline. A transfer pathway is not institution-specific. 

It is important to understand that the pathway provided in the adjacent tab is just one possible combination of classes by which to complete an A.S. and prepare for transfer in your chosen area of study. Other course combinations and sequences can work, too. It is strongly recommended that students work directly and frequently with a COD academic counselor/advisor, a COD faculty advisor, and academic counselors/advisors at potential transfer schools, to develop and execute a plan that works best for them.

For more information about Earth Science, please visit the program page.

College of DuPage also offers institution-specific information to help prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university; please visit the transfer opportunities page for more information.


Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ElectiveAny Earth Science course with a lab 4
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
MATH 2231 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5
Gen EdFine Arts 3
Second Semester
ENGLI 1102 English Composition II 3
MATH 2232 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 5
ElectiveAny Earth Science course with a lab 4
SPEEC 1100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Third Semester
Select one of the following: 5
Principles of Chemistry I  
General Physics I  
Physics for Science and Engineering I  
ElectiveElective 3
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
BIOLO 1151 Principles of Biological Science 5
Fourth Semester
Select one of the following: 5
Principles of Chemistry II  
General Physics II  
Physics for Science and Engineering I  
Gen EdHumanities 3
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
ElectiveElective 3
 Total Credits60

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural or interest-based Student Club.
  • Complete Myer & Briggs Assessment.
  • Complete Careers Assessment.
  • Meet with Earth Science faculty advisors.

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.
  • Join AMS Environmental Club or Living Leadership.
  • Decide intended Earth Science major, and meet with faculty advisor in that major. 

Third Semester

  • Complete applications to desired university.
  • College Visits
  • Meet with faculty advisor for intended major.

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.S. degree, please visit the A.S. degree catalog page.


Please note that the A.A. and A.S. Degrees currently require a minimum of 64 hours for completion. If the transfer pathway listed above has fewer than 64 hours listed, students will need to take additional coursework to reach that minimum. Students should consult with a faculty or program advisor to discuss their options.