Transfer Plans

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For additional information and possible next steps, please refer to the following information:

  • If you are considering transferring to GVSU, please visit our Transfer Admissions resource page for all the information you need to get started.
  • For information on how your courses transfer to GVSU, please review the Course Equivalencies online.
  • If you decide to transfer to GVSU prior to completing your Associates Degree, you should consider taking advantage of the reverse transfer agreement we have with all Michigan community colleges.
  • Our online catalog provides a wealth of information on GVSU's academic programs, policies and procedures, course descriptions, etc.
  • Each college at GVSU has an academic advising center that serves specific majors in that college. If you have specific questions about program requirements, you could contact the advising center to seek additional information.
  • Each academic department at GVSU provides additional information about specific programs of study and links to important resources. You may access a comprehensive list here.
  • Our Career Center provides comprehensive support and resources for all students at GVSU. It is recommended that you connect with the counselors there as soon as you transition to GVSU.
  • The Career Guides by Major allow students to investigate possible career or graduate/professional school opportunities based on specific programs of study.

Transfer plans are meant to provide you with a suggested outline of courses for your respective academic interest. They are simply a guide while you attend community college. If you have additional questions regarding the content of this transfer plan, please contact the GVSU Admissions & Recruitment Office by phone at 616-331-2025 or by email at [email protected].


Northwestern Michigan College

Program Guide for Geology

First Year, First Semester

Course Credits
ENG 111 4
MTH 140 5
CHM 150 + 150L + 150R 5
ENV 111 + 111L 4
Total 18

First Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
ENG 112 4
Global Perspectives elective 5
ENV 112 + 112L 4
CHM 151 + 151L + 151R 5
Total 18

Second Year, First Semester

Course Credits
Humanities elective 3
PHY 121 + 121L or 221 + 221L + 221R 4-5
(1)CIT 100 or MTH 141 or MTH 131 or GEO 115 3-5
Social Science elective 3

Second Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
PHY 122 + 122L or 222 + 222L + 222R 4-5
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Humanities elective 3
Social Science elective 3


  • Degree offered: B.S.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Social science elective must be selected from different disciplines.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • Global Perspectives electives:  Please see general education guide for list of approved courses
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  Please see general education guide for list of approved courses
  • It is recommended that students transfer after one year at NMC.
  • Students may want to take humanities and social science electives from the world Perspectives and/or U.S. Diversity electives.

(1) Students may choose MTH 131 + one more course at Grand Valley or MTH 141 + 142 or CIT 100 + one more course at Grand Valley or GEO 115 + one more course at Grand Valley.  If interested in graduate school take MTH 141 + 142


The geosciences offer challenging career opportunities and are among the higher paid professions. The B.S. degree in geology is intended primarily to prepare students for graduate study in the geological sciences. As a terminal degree, it is useful in a variety of careers, including environmental technology, mineral and energy resource exploration, science writing, and business. Geoscientists will apply their knowledge and skills to exploring and developing the earth¿s resources.