Major Requirements

Earth Sciences BS with Geology Concentration:  Major Requirements

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Lower-Division Courses

All of the following courses:
Required lower division Chemistry courses
CHEM1A General Chemistry

5

CHEM1B General Chemistry

5

CHEM1M General Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM1C General Chemistry

5

CHEM1N General Chemistry Laboratory

2

Plus one of the following options:
Required lower division 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

Plus one of the following courses:
Required advanced math course options
MATH22 Introduction to Calculus of Several Variables

5

MATH23A Vector Calculus

5

EART111 Mathematics in the Earth Sciences

5

Plus all of the following courses:
Required lower division physics courses
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:
Required lower division geology course options
Either these courses

 

EART5 California Geology

5

EART5L California Geology Laboratory

1

or these courses

 

EART10 Geologic Principles

5

EART10L Geologic Principles Laboratory

1

or these courses

 

EART20 Environmental Geology

5

EART20L Environmental Geology Laboratory

1

Upper-Division Courses
All of the following courses:
Required upper division courses
EART109 Elements of Field Geology

5

EART109L Field Geology Laboratory

2

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

EART110C The Dynamic Earth

5

EART110N The Dynamic Earth Laboratory

2

Two of the following:

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

Upper division lab course options
EART120 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

5

EART120L Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Laboratory

2

EART130 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

5

EART130L Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory

2

EART140 Geomorphology

5

EART140L Geomorphology Laboratory

2

EART150 Structural Geology

5

EART150L Structural Geology Laboratory

2

Electives

At least three additional upper-division elective courses (5+ credits each) from Earth sciences or ocean sciences offerings must be completed. EART 198 may not be used to satisfy this requirement. 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.

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 and to provide the instructional hours in the field needed to prepare students for the California professional geologist licensing requirements. 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 do so, each student in the geology concentration must complete:

Satisfactory completion of Summer Field

Required capstone courses
EART189A Geographic Information Systems with Applications in Earth Sciences

5

EART189B Summer Field Study

5

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