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Geology

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Geological Sciences - Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Geology (code GEOLBS01) (120-126 units)

The bachelor of science degree program is intended to provide a thorough background in the geological sciences for those planning to pursue careers in industry or to do graduate study. The program explores the fundamental geological processes, cultivates skills in integrative three-dimensional geological thinking, provides laboratory and field experience, and stimulates interest in the many subdisciplines of the geological sciences.

Within the broad field of geology, students may elect to follow any one of five emphases: General Geology, Petroleum Geology, Stratigraphy/Sedimentology, Geochemistry/Mineralogy-Petrology, and Structural Geology/Tectonics. Each student should contact the undergraduate advisor for assistance in planning the degree program.

Geology majors must receive a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major. A minimum of 120-126 units is required for the bachelor of science degree in the various emphases in geology. Emphases other than General Geology are based on the General Geology emphasis, but have structured electives and other variations from that plan. Transfer students should attempt to fulfill, prior to transferring, the appropriate lower division curricular requirements as outlined in later sections. Particular attention should be paid to fulfilling the lower division math, chemistry, physics, and biology requirements.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following
    • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    • GEOL 240 Historical Geology (4)
    • GEOL 250 Introduction to Field Petrology and Geological Field Techniques (3)
    • GEOL 273 Computer Statistical Methods in Geology (4)
    • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Additional required courses for the various emphases are listed below.

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following
    • GEOL 322 Crystallography, Mineralogy and Optical Methods (5)
    • GEOL 341 Paleontology and Biostratigraphy (4)
    • GEOL 350 Spring Field Geology (2)
    • GEOL 428 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and Petrography (4)
    • GEOL 433 Structural Geology (4)
    • GEOL 443 Stratigraphy/Sedimentology (4)
    • GEOL 450 Summer Field Geology (4)
    • GEOL 460 Introduction to Geophysics (3)
    • GEOL 461 Introduction to Geochemistry (3)

Additional required courses for the various emphases are listed below.

  • 1. General Geology (120 units):
    • Six units electives (normally at upper division) approved in advance by the undergraduate advisor.
  • 2. Petroleum Geology (123 units):
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • GEOL 420 Geowriting (3)
    • GEOL 471 Petroleum Geology & Well Log Analysis (4)
  • 3. Stratigraphy/Sedimentology (122 units):
    • GEOL 364 Intro to Geological Oceanography (2)
    • GEOL 364L Lab in Geological Oceanography (1)
    • GEOL 420 Geowriting (3)
    • GEOL 424 Sedimentary Petrology (4)
  • 4. Geochemistry/Mineralogy-Petrology (126 units):
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • CHEM 371A Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3)
    • CHEM 371B Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy (3)
    • GEOL 422 Advanced Mineralogy (4)
  • 5. Structural Geology/Tectonics (122 units):
    • GEOL 430 Seminar in Structural Geology & Tectonics (3)
    • GEOL 462 Physics & Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (3)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)

Minor in Geology (code GEOLUM01)

The Minor in Geology is available to any non-Geology major.

Twenty units in geology courses that must include:

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following
    • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    • GEOL 240 Historical Geology (4)

Upper Division:

  • Take at least 9 additional units of geology approved in advance by the Undergraduate Advisor.

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science (code GEOLBS02) (122-129 units)

The Earth Science program prepares students to understand the natural environment, earth resources, land and ocean use, pollution, geology of the sea floor, and other areas of critical importance to present and future world problems. Career-oriented interdisciplinary emphases are offered in Geohydrology/Environmental Geology, Engineering Geology, Exploration Geophysics, and Marine Geology/Oceanography.

Earth Science majors must receive a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major. As outlined below, a minimum of 122 units is required for the various emphases in Earth Science.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following
    • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    • GEOL 240 Historical Geology (4)
    • GEOL 250 Introduction to Field Petrology and Geological Field Techniques (3)
    • GEOL 273 Computer & Statistical Methods in Geology (4)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Additional required courses for the various emphases are listed below.

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following
    • GEOL 322 Crystallography, Mineralogy and Optical Methods (5)
    • GEOL 350 Spring Field Geology (2)
    • GEOL 428 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and Petrography (4)
    • GEOL 433 Structural Geology (4)
    • GEOL 443 Stratigraphy/Sedimentology (4)
    • GEOL 460 Introduction to Geophysics (3)

Additional required courses for the various emphases are listed below.

  • 1. Geohydrology/Environmental Geology (122 units):
    • C E 205 Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)
    • C E 335 Fluid Mechanics (3)
    • C E 336 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • ES P 300I Environmental Law and Policy (3)
    • GEOL 450 Summer Field Geology (4)
    • GEOL 461 Introduction to Geochemistry (3)
    • GEOL 477 Hydrogeology (3)
    • MICR 200 General Microbiology for Health Professionals (4)
  • 2. Engineering Geology (129 units):
    • C E 205 Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)
    • C E 345 Geotechnical Engineering I (3)
    • C E 346 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory (1)
    • C E 445 Geotechnical Engineering II (3)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • GEOL 444 Engineering Geology (4)
    • GEOL 450 Summer Field Geology (4)
    • GEOL 477 Hydrogeology (3)
    • MAE 373 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
  • 3. Exploration Geophysics (126 units):
    • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    • GEOL 462 Physics & Chemistry of Earth’s Interior (3)
    • MATH 247 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
    • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    • PHYS 310 Analytic Mechanics I (3)
    • PHYS 340A Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
    • Take 8 units in consultation with undergraduate advisor
  • 4. Marine Geology/Oceanography (122 units):
    • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • GEOL 341 Paleontology and Biostratigraphy (4)
    • GEOL 364 Intro to Geological Oceanography (2)
    • GEOL 364L Lab in Geological Oceanography (1)
    • GEOL 461 Introduction to Geochemistry (3)
    • GEOL 465 Physical and Chemical Oceanography (3)
    • GEOL 466 Oceanography Lab and Ocean Studies (1)
    • GEOL 496 Investigations in Geology and Other Earth Sciences (1-4)

Geoscience Concentration Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Geosciences (code 182)

The Geosciences Concentration meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Geosciences. Prospective students should consult the Single Subject Science Education Advisor in the Department of Science Education early to plan their program.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Geoscience teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete many of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be started as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/single-subject) for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

The Geosciences Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following
    • ASTR 100 Astronomy (3)
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    • GEOL 160 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
    • GEOL 273 Computer & Statistical Methods in Geology (4)
    • (BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following
    • GEOL 341 Paleontology and Biostratigraphy (4)
    • GEOL 428 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and Petrography (4)
    • GEOL 433 Structural Geology (4)
    • GEOL 443 Stratigraphy/Sedimentology (4)
    • GEOL 450 Summer Field Geology (4)
    • SCED 403 Integrated Science (3)