Major Requirements

Ocean Sciences Concentration:  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.
MATH 22 Calculus of Several Variables
MATH 23A Multivariable Calculus
EART 111 Mathematics in Earth Sciences

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:  PHYS 6A/L + 6B/M (PHYS 6 series preferred) OR PHYS 5A/L + 5B/M

Biology:  BIOE 20C Ecology + Evolution


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 [1 unit] (optional)
OCEA 101 The Marine Environment OR OCEA 102 Oceans & Climates: Past, Present, & Future

At least four upper-division elective courses (5+ units each) from upper division Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, or Chemistry 122 must be completed.  The following list is recommended, but not mandatory.
Recommended Electives: 

EART 101 Invertebrate Paleobiology
EART 102 Marine Geology
EART 105 Coastal Geology
EART 107 Remote Sensing of the Environment
EART 109/L Elements of Field Geology
EART 111 Mathematics in Earth Sciences
EART 116 Hydrology
EART 117 Paleomagnetism
EART 119 Introduction to Scientific Computing
EART 120/L Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
EART 121 The Atmosphere
EART 128 Isotopes: Earth & Marine Sciences
EART 130/L Magmas and Volcanos
EART 148 Glaciology
EART 172 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
OCEA 101 The Marine Environment
OCEA 102 Oceans and Climates: Past, Present, & Future
OCEA 118 Marine Microbial Ecology
OCEA 120 Aquatic Chemistry: Principles & Applications
OCEA 130 Biological Oceanography
OCEA 200 Physical Oceanography
OCEA 220 Chemical Oceanography
OCEA 260 Introduction to Data Analysis
CHEM 122 Principles of Instrumental Analysis

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement:  TWO of the four required electives must be completed from courses that are part of the Eart Sciences Disciplinary Communication Curriculum:
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

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