Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Geology

  • Geology

Bachelor of Science in Geology

  • General Geology Option
  • Environmental Geology Option

Master of Science

Minor

  • Geology

B.A. IN GEOLOGY

Requirements (92-95 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

Lower-division requirements (37-40 units)

  1. Five units chosen from:
    • BIOL 100. Topics in Biology (5)
    • BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell (5)
  2. A minimum of five units chosen from:
    • CHEM 205. Fundamentals of Chemistry I: General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)
  3. GEOL 101. Introductory Geology (5)
  4. GEOL 250. Historical Geology (5)
  5. MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)
  6. A minimum of 13 units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A:
      • PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 122. Basic Concepts of Physics II (4)
      • PHYS 123. Basic Concepts of Physics III (4)
    • Group B:
      • PHYS 221. General Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 222. General Physics II (5)
      • PHYS 223. General Physics III (5)

Upper-division requirements (55 units)

  1. GEOL 301. Introduction to Geologic Mapping (4)
  2. GEOL 312. Geology of California (4)
  3. GEOL 320. Mineralogy and Crystallography (5)
  4. GEOL 321. Optical Mineralogy (3)
  5. GEOL 322. Introduction to Geochemistry (4)
  6. GEOL 325. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (5)
  7. GEOL 330. Sedimentary Petrology (5)
  8. GEOL 340. Stratigraphy (5)
  9. GEOL 360. Structural Geology (5)
  10. GEOL 398. Research Methods and Design (1)
  11. GEOL 399. Undergraduate Geologic Research (3)
  12. GEOL 590. Senior Seminar (2)
  13. A minimum of nine units chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor from the list below. No more than four units may be from a supervision course.
    • GEOG 202. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography (5)
    • GEOG 308. Advanced Geographic Information Systems (5)
    • GEOG 480. Geomorphology (4)
    • GEOL 307. Service Learning in the Earth Sciences (1-2)
    • GEOL 310. Regional Field Geology (2)
    • GEOL 350. Paleontology (5)
    • GEOL 370. Tectonics (4)
    • GEOL 391. Advanced Geologic Mapping (2-6)
    • GEOL 395. Directed Studies (1-4)
    • GEOL 540. Advanced Topics in Geology (4)
    • GEOL 545. Laboratory for Advanced Topics in Geology (1-2)
    • GEOL 550. Earth Resources (5)
    • GEOL 551. Neotectonics and Seismic Hazard Analysis (5)
    • GEOL 552. Volcanology and Volcanic Hazard Assessment (5)
    • GEOL 553. Advanced Structural Geology (5)
    • GEOL 595. Independent Study (1-6)
    • GEOL 597. Senior Honors Research (2-4)