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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Geological Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Geology (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)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent.
  • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: A course that fulfills the A.1 GE requirement and three years of high school mathematics including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra or the equivalent, and concurrent or prior enrollment in GEOL 102.
  • GEOL 240 Historical Geology (4)
    Prerequisite: GEOL 106 or both GEOL 102, 104.
  • GEOL 250 Introduction to Field Petrology and Geological Field Techniques (3)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 102 with 104 or 105; or GEOL 106; all with grades of "C" or better. Corequisite: GEOL 240.
  • GEOL 273 Computer Statistical Methods in Geology (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 240, MATH 117 or 122. An elementary background in computers is recommended.
  • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation requirements.
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination . (Credit in Chem 101 does not substitute for a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination) and a "C" or better in MATH 113 or 117 or 119A or 122. One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended. (Recommended for students who intend to pursue careers in science or engineering).
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisite: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and 113, or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 117.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.
  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following:

  • GEOL 322 Crystallography, Mineralogy and Optical Methods (5)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 250; CHEM 101 or 111A.
  • GEOL 341 Paleontology and Biostratigraphy (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 240 and BIOL 200.
  • GEOL 350 Spring Field Geology (2)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 250 and 443 with grades of "C" or better. Prerequisite/Corequisite: GEOL 433.
  • GEOL 428 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and Petrography (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 322; CHEM 111A, B.
  • GEOL 433 Structural Geology (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 250, 322; PHYS 151.
  • GEOL 443 Stratigraphy/Sedimentology (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 240, 322.
  • GEOL 450 Summer Field Geology (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 350, 428, 433, and 443.
  • GEOL 460 Introduction to Geophysics (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 151, 152; MATH 123; and GEOL 273.
  • GEOL 461 Introduction to Geochemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A,B and MATH 123.

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)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or 222.
  • GEOL 420 Geowriting (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper division or graduate standing in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; ENGL 100 or equivalent; a course in geology; consent of instructor.
  • GEOL 471 Petroleum Geology & Well Log Analysis (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 240, 443.

3. Stratigraphy/Sedimentology (122 units):

  • GEOL 364 Intro to Geological Oceanography (2)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 102 or 160; and CHEM 111A or MATH 122, or consent of instructor.
  • GEOL 420 Geowriting (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper division or graduate standing in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; ENGL 100 or equivalent; a course in geology; consent of instructor.
  • GEOL 424 Sedimentary Petrology (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 322 and 443.

4. Geochemistry/Mineralogy-Petrology (126 units):

  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or 222.
  • CHEM 371A Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better), MATH 224 (may be taken concurrently).
  • CHEM 371B Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 251, MATH 123, PHYS 152 (all with a grade of "C" or better), and MATH 224 (may be taken concurrently).

5. Structural Geology/Tectonics (122 units):

  • GEOL 430 Seminar in Structural Geology and Tectonics (3)
    Prerequisite: GEOL 433.
  • GEOL 462 Physics and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (3)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 240, 428; PHYS 152.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or 222.
  • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 123. Not open to Freshmen.
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