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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

  1. Geology Major

    • Professional Emphasis in Geology

      Recommended for students who plan graduate studies in geology or who will ultimately seek professional employment as a geologist. This emphasis stresses courses traditionally included in an undergraduate major in geology.

      • Required Units (crs.):  40 minimum (Required courses in departments other than Geology are not included in the minimum.)

      • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

        • Geology: Geology 309, 314, 326 or 369, 331; and 6 units (crs.) from this list: Geology 308, 311, 320, 322, 326 or 369, 333, 365.

        • Chemistry: Chemistry 105 and 106.

        • Mathematics: Mathematics 171 and 172.

        • Physics: Physics/Astronomy 107 and 108; or Physics/Astronomy 109* and 110*.

        • Computer Skills: Computer Science 142 or 221; or Geography 371, 391 or 471; or Mathematics 201.

        • *Recommended course sequence

      • Other Requirements: Six units (crs.) of field geology taught in a summer field course that has been pre-approved by the Geology Department. Please consult with the Geology Department Chair during the fall term if you are planning to take a field geology course other than Geology 344.

      • Electives: For students who wish to take additional courses beyond the minimum requirement, these studies are recommended:

        • Biology: Biology 105.

        • Chemistry: Chemistry 221.

        • Mathematics: Mathematics 201 or 301.

    • Professional Emphasis in Hydrogeology

      Recommended for students who plan graduate studies in Hydrogeology, Environmental Science, Environmental Geology or Water Resources Management programs. Also suitable for students who will seek immediate employment in one of these fields.

      • Required Units (crs.): 40 minimum (Required courses in departments other than Geology are not included in the minimum.)

      • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

        • Geology: Geology 314, 320 or 335, 326 or 369, 331, 365, 366.

        • Chemistry: Chemistry 105 and 106.

        • Mathematics: Mathematics 171 and 172.

        • Physics: Physics/Astronomy 107 and 108; or Physics/Astronomy 109* and 110*.

        • Computer Skills: Computer Science 142 or 221; or Geography 371, 391 or 471; or Mathematics 201.

        • *Recommended course sequence

      • Other Requirements: Six units (crs.) of field geology taught in a summer field course that has been pre-approved by the Geology Department. Please consult with the Geology Department Chair during the fall term if you are planning to take a field geology course other than Geology 344.
      • Electives: For students who wish to expand their background by taking additional courses in related topics offered by another department, these studies are recommended:

        • Economics: Economics 204, 206.

        • Mathematics: Mathematics 201, 273, 371.

        • Biology: Biology 105, 106, 233.

        • Chemistry: Chemistry 221, 235.

      • Liberal Arts Emphasis in Geology

        Recommended for students who want a general, non-professional liberal arts education and are pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

        • Required Units (crs.): 34 minimum (Required courses in departments other than Geology are not included in the minimum.)

        • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

          • Chemistry/Physics: Two semesters of one or the other.

        • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings to meet the Minimum Requirement.
      1. Secondary Earth Science Education Major

        Recommended for students who are in Education and wish to teach Earth Science at the junior or senior high school level.

        • Required Units (crs.): 39 minimum (Required courses in departments other than Geology are not included in the minimum except for Astronomy (Physics/Astronomy 103) and Geography.) (Geography 121)

        • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:

          • Geology: Geology 309, 320 or 335, 328, 344.

          • Astronomy: Physics/Astronomy 103.

          • Geography: Geography 121.

          • Mathematics: Mathematics 108 or 104.

          • Other Requirements: Two semesters of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

          • Prerequisites: Note that Geology 331 is a prerequisite for Geology 344.

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