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Bachelor of Science in Earth Science (120 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, 120 units are required for each of the various emphases in Earth Science.

GEOL 420 (Geological Writing) is a required course for the major, and GEOL 450 (Summer Field) is required for some emphases of the major. Both courses are capstone General Education courses, and GEOL 420 also fulfills the GWAR requirement for a writing intensive course. Earth Science majors should take GEOL 420, and GEOL 450 if their emphasis includes it, and as many additional units as are necessary to fulfill all GE and GWAR 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, GEOL 104.
  • GEOL 250 Introduction to Field Petrology and Geological Field Techniques (3)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 102 with GEOL 104 or GEOL 105; or GEOL 106; all with grades of "C" or better. Corequisite: GEOL 240.
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination. 
    Corequisite:  MATH 109 or higher.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and MATH 113.
  • 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.

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)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 250; CHEM 101 or CHEM 111A.
  • GEOL 350 Spring Field Geology (2)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 250 and GEOL 443 with grades of "C" or better. Prerequisite/Corequisite: GEOL 433.
  • GEOL 420 Geological Writing (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation completed, upper division standing, GEOL 102, GEOL 104, GEOL 240, GEOL 250; and at least 6 units of Geology courses at 300-level or above. Students must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
  • GEOL 428 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and Petrography (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 322; CHEM 111A, B.
  • GEOL 433 Structural Geology (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 250, GEOL 322; PHYS 151.
  • GEOL 443 Stratigraphy/Sedimentology (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 240, GEOL 322.
  • GEOL 460 Introduction to Geophysics (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 151, PHYS 152; and MATH 123, all with a grade of "C" or better.

Additional required courses for the various emphases are listed below.

1. Geohydrology/Environmental Geology (120 units):

  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A and MATH 113 or MATH 115 or MATH 117 or MATH 119A or MATH 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • GEOG 481 Geographic Information Science for Natural Sciences (4)
    Prerequisites: Junior/Senior/Graduate standing; GEOG 140 or BIOL 153 or GEOL 102.
  • GEOL 339 Introduction to Geomorphology (3)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 102 with GEOL 104 or GEOL 105; or GEOL 106; or GEOG 140
  • GEOL 450 Summer Field Geology (4) An integrative-learning GE capstone
    Prerequisites: GEOL 350, GEOL 428, GEOL 433, and GEOL 443.
  • GEOL 461 Introduction to Geochemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A,B and MATH 123.
  • GEOL 474 Physical Hydrology (3)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 102, MATH 122; PHYS 151.
  • GEOL 477 Hydrogeology (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 102, GEOL 104; CHEM 111B; PHYS 152; MATH 123.

2. Engineering Geology (120 units):

  • C E 205 Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.
  • C E 345 Geotechnical Engineering I (3)
    Corequisites: MAE 373; GEOL 370. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Undergraduate Advisor.
  • C E 346 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent. Corequisite: CE 345.
  • C E 445 Geotechnical Engineering II (3)
    Prerequisites: CE 345, CE 346.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or MATH 222
  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A and MATH 113 or MATH 115 or MATH 117 or MATH 119A or MATH 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • GEOL 477 Hydrogeology (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 102, GEOL 104; CHEM 111B; PHYS 152; MATH 123.

3. Exploration Geophysics (120 units):

  • GEOL 462 Physics & Chemistry of Earth's Interior (3)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 240, GEOL 428; PHYS 152.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or MATH 222
  • MATH 247 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)
    Prerequisite: MATH 123 or MATH 222.
  • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123. Not open to Freshmen.
  • PHYS 310 Analytic Mechanics I (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151. Corequisite: MATH 364A or MATH 370A.
  • PHYS 340A Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 152, PHYS 310. Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 370A or MATH 364A.
  • Take 5 units in consultation with undergraduate advisor

4. Marine Geology/Oceanography (120 units):

  • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A and MATH 113 or MATH 115 or MATH 117 or MATH 119A or MATH 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • GEOL 341 Paleontology and Biostratigraphy (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOL 240 and GE Life Science requirement B.1.a.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or MATH 222
  • GEOL 461 Introduction to Geochemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A,B and MATH 123.
  • GEOL 465 Physical and Chemical Oceanography (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B; PHYS 100B, and upper division standing in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics or Engineering.
  • GEOL 466 Oceanography Lab and Ocean Studies (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: GEOL 465.
  • GEOL 496 Investigations in Geology and Other Earth Sciences (1-4)
    Prerequisites: Senior standing in geology, earth science or related fields, completion of an upper division course in geology or earth science in the area of the topics chosen and approval of the topic chosen by the Geological Sciences faculty.

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