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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)

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 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)
  • 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)