Major Requirements

Earth Sciences BS:  Major Requirements

For a printable major checklist (PDF) for the current academic year, click here.


Calculus:  ONE series from the following...
MATH 11A + 11B Calculus with Applications
MATH 19A + 19B Calculus for Science, Engineering, & Mathematics

Advanced Mathematics:  ONE of the following...
EART 111 Mathematics in the Earth Sciences (preferred)
MATH 22 Calculus of Several Variables
MATH 23A Multivariable Calculus

General Chemistry:  CHEM 1A + 1B/M + 1C/N

Geology:  ONE of the following...
EART 5/L California Geology
EART 10/L Geological Principles
EART 20/L Environmental Geology

Physics:  ONE series from the following...
PHYS 6A/L + 6B/M (preferred)
PHYS 5A/L + 5B/M


EART 110A/L Evolution of the Earth
EART 110B/M Earth as a Chemical System
EART 110C/N The Dynamic Earth
EART 190 Earth Sciences Mentorship (optional, 1-unit)

Electives: Six upper-division courses, 5-units or more, chosen from EART: Earth Sciences or OCEA: Ocean Sciences.

NOTE: 5 units of internship (EART 198) or independent study (EART 199) may be substituted for one upper division elective.

Analysis Electives: 
TWO of the four required electives MUST be chosen from the following:

  • EART 107 Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • EART 109/L Elements of Field Geology
  • EART 116 Hydrology
  • EART 117/L Paleomagnetism
  • EART 119 Introduction to Scientific Computing
  • EART 120/L Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • EART 130/L Magmas and Volcanoes
  • EART 140/L Geomorphology
  • EART 142 Engineering Geology for Environmental Scientists
  • EART 146 Ground Water
  • EART 148 Glaciology
  • EART 150/L Structural Geology
  • EART 168 Reflection Seismology

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement: 
TWO of the required four electives MUST be from the following:

  • EART 100 Vertebrate Paleontology
  • EART 101 Invertebrate Paleobiology
  • EART 102 Marine Geology
  • EART 104 Geologic Hazards
  • EART 109 Elements of Field Geology
  • EART 120 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • EART 125 Analytical Paleobiology
  • EART 140 Geomorphology
  • EART 146 Ground Water
  • EART 148 Glaciology
  • EART 150 Structural Geology
  • EART 152 Tectonics
  • EART 160 Planetary Sciences
  • EART 188A Summer Field Internship
  • EART 191A Climate Change Science and Policy
  • EART 195 Senior Thesis

NOTE: Courses may be used to satisfy both the elective and DC requirements.

Comprehensive (Senior Exit) Requirement:
ONE from the following Senior Capstone options:

  • Summer Senior Field Internship: EART 188AB 
  • Senior Thesis:  Generally requires 3-quarter commitment, enroll in EART 195
  • Graduate course: Must achieve grade of B or better; must be 5-units and include written report
  • EART 191 Climate Change Science & Policy
  • Internship: Must complete written report, may enroll in EART 198

NOTE: None of the above may count as an upper-division elective if used as a capstone.

For more information on satisfying the comprehensive requirement, please see the Senior Capstone page.