Major Requirements

Earth Sciences BS with Environmental Geology Concentration:  Major Requirements

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Course Requirements

Lower-Division Courses

Choose one of the following options:
Lower Division Geology Course options
Either these courses

 

EART20 Environmental Geology

5

EART20L Environmental Geology Laboratory

1

or these courses

 

EART10 Geologic Principles

5

EART10L Geologic Principles Laboratory

1

or these courses

 

EART5 California Geology

5

EART5L California Geology Laboratory

1

All of the following courses:

Where the lab course follows a lecture course the pair of courses counts as a single course.

Lower division required courses
ENVS25 Environmental Policy and Economics

5

BIOE20C Ecology and Evolution

5

CHEM1A General Chemistry

5

CHEM1B General Chemistry

5

CHEM1M General Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM1C General Chemistry

5

CHEM1N General Chemistry Laboratory

2

PHYS6A Introductory Physics I

5

PHYS6L Introductory Physics Laboratory

1

PHYS6B Introductory Physics II

5

PHYS6M Introductory Physics Laboratory

1

Plus one of the following options:
Lower division required math course options
Either these courses

 

MATH11A Calculus with Applications

5

MATH11B Calculus with Applications

5

or these courses

 

MATH19A Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

MATH19B Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

5

or these courses

 

AM15A Case-Study Calculus I

5

AM15B Case-Study Calculus II

5

Upper-Division Courses

All of the following courses:
Required upper division courses
EART110A Evolution of the Earth

5

EART110L Evolution of the Earth Laboratory

2

EART110B Earth as a Chemical System

5

EART110M Earth as a Chemical System Laboratory

2

Electives

At least four elective courses from upper-division Earth sciences, environmental sciences or ocean sciences offerings must be completed.

Students are encouraged to take more than the minimum number of elective courses and may craft an elective distribution from many areas of specific research and career interests.

EART 198 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Lecture/lab combinations count as one course.

Environmental electives

At least two upper-division electives from upper-division biology, chemistry, Earth and planetary sciences, environmental studies, environmental toxicology, or ocean sciences courses with an environmental focus must be completed.

EART 198 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Lecture/lab combinations count as one course.

Comprehensive Requirement

All students must satisfy the senior comprehensive requirement. The intent of this requirement is to synthesize knowledge and skills from a student’s undergraduate career. Therefore, prior to completing an activity to satisfy the senior comprehensive requirement, students should have already completed EART 110A, one of EART 110B or EART 110C, and three other upper-division courses that fulfill major requirements. Students should consult an adviser if they have any questions about the timing of their proposed comprehensive requirement activity.

Note: Courses used to satisfy the senior comprehensive requirement cannot also be used to fulfill the upper-division elective requirement.

 To satisfy the comprehensive requirement, each student in these majors must complete one of the following options:

Satisfactory completion of Summer Field
Summer Field
EART189A Geographic Information Systems with Applications in Earth Sciences

5

EART189B Summer Field Study

5

Satisfactory completion of a senior thesis

A senior thesis must include a significant element of independent research or original work and can only be undertaken after an agreement is obtained from a faculty member to supervise it. It is recommended that students allocate three quarters for the thesis process.

Students may take EART 199: Independent Study, as part of performing the research for their senior thesis. It is required that each student enroll in and pass EART 195: Senior Thesis, in the academic quarter during which they complete their thesis.

Satisfactory completion of one of the following capstone course offerings:
Capstone course offerings
EART191A Climate Change Science and Policy

5

EART191B Planetary Capstone

5

EART191C Practical Geophysics

5

Capstone course offerings vary year to year. If you are interested in completing a capstone course please contact the Earth sciences adviser.

Other options

Other options such as external field research experiences or internships may be suitable by permission of the faculty adviser.

Please meet with an adviser if you have an idea to propose.

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

Students of every major must satisfy that major’s upper-division disciplinary communication (DC) general education requirement. All majors require students to complete a minimum of two (2) courses from the list of courses that in combination satisfies the DC general education requirement. Courses taken to satisfy the DC requirement may also satisfy upper-division elective or senior comprehensive requirements. Consult one of the Earth and planetary sciences advisers for the most up-to-date list of scheduled classes. Currently the list (subject to change) consists of:

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement
EART100 Vertebrate Paleontology

5

EART101 Invertebrate Paleobiology

5

EART102 Marine Geology

5

EART104 Geologic Hazards

5

EART109 Elements of Field Geology

5

EART120 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

5

EART140 Geomorphology

5

EART146 Groundwater

5

EART148 Glaciology

5

EART150 Structural Geology

5

EART160 Planetary Science

5

EART189B Summer Field Study

5

EART191A Climate Change Science and Policy

5

EART195 Senior Thesis

5