Information for First Year Students

Geology Major Requirements

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Students entering the geology major take the following courses to meet minimum department  requirements for graduation with the Bachelor of Science degree in geology:

103. The Dynamic Earth, or 110.  Environmental Geology and 115. Oceanography.
104. The Evolving Earth.
203. Mineralogy.
206. Invertebrate Paleontology.
211. Geomorphology.
216. Sedimentology, or 316. Carbonate Sedimentology and 320. Regional Field Studies: Geology of the Caribbean
302. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology.
350. Structural Geology.
Elective (1) at the 200 or 300 level

None of these required core courses will be accepted toward the major if taken pass/fail. Certain courses are designated as Major Credit Restricted (MCR). Only one such course can count toward the geology, geology-physics or environmental studies-geology combined major as an elective. Normally, 200-level courses are appropriate for sophomores, 300-level for juniors and 400-level for seniors.

Geology majors are required to take at least one semester of the following courses:  1) chemistry (103); 2) calculus (Math 135); and 3) either physics (151) or biology (101).

Combined Major in Environmental Studies-Geology

The combined includes six geology courses, two cognates, and 7 units in environmental studies (15units total) as follows:
103. Dynamic Earth
211. Geomorphology
216. Sedimentology
319. Hydrology and Hydrogeology
362. Geochemistry

Geology Elective (1) at the 200 or 300 level
103. Chemistry
135. Calculus

Environmental Studies Core (7 Units)

Environmental Studies-Geology majors are required to take at least one semester of the following courses:  1) chemistry (103); and 2) calculus (Math 135).

Certification to Teach Earth Science

Students seeking initial certification as a 7-12 earth science teacher must complete a major in geology and the educational studies minor. The following coursework must be completed as a part of, or in addition to, the major: 110 (Environmental Geology) or 319 (Hydrology and Hydrogeology), 112 (Global Climate), 415 (Tectonics) and Physics 102 (Introduction to Astronomy). Geology majors intending to complete student teaching after graduation in the University’s Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program must complete the educational studies minor in education  (or its equivalent) as undergraduates  and all of the earth science requirements  listed above (or their equivalents).

Geology Minor Requirements

Geology 103, 104, and at least four additional one-credit courses at the 200 level or above are required in all cases.