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Geological Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

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 Geol (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 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)