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The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree: 120 units

See “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

The department has prepared a suggested Four Year Advising Plan to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

Please see General Education, Cultural Diversity, American Institutions, and Literacy Requirements under the BS in Geosciences.

Course Requirements for the Major: 69-72 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 50 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 36 units

8 courses required:

BIOL    006A    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 037 or concurrent enrollment.

BIOL    006B    Biological Principles    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006A; recommend CHEM 038 or concurrent enrollment.

CHEM    037    General Chemistry    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry or CHEM 016. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)

CHEM    038    General Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 037.

GEOS    002    Physical Geology    3.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school chemistry or physics is recommended; students with no previous science courses are advised to enroll in GEOS 001. No college credit for those who have passed GEOS 001.

GEOS    050    Computer Applications in Geosci    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in MATH 007A, or consent of instructor.

MATH    007A    Analytic Geometry and Calculus    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 004 and MATH 006 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.

MATH    007B    Analytic Geometry and Calculus    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement, MATH 007A with a grade of C- or higher.

2 courses selected from:

PHYS    002A    General Physics    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 003 and MATH 004 at CSU, Chico).

AND     (Both the above and following course must be taken)

PHYS    002B    General Physics    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: PHYS 002A.

Or two of the following three courses may be substituted for PHYS 002A and PHYS 002B.

PHYS    004A    Mechanics    4.0    FS *

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 007B (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.

PHYS    004B    Electricity and Magnetism    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: MATH 007B, PHYS 004A.

PHYS    004C    Heat/Wave Motion/Sound/Light    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: MATH 007B, PHYS 004A.

Students who are considering attending graduate school should consult with an adviser before selecting lower-division core courses. We recommend PHYS 004A, PHYS 004B, and PHYS 004C.

Upper-Division Requirements: 14 units

5 courses required:

BIOL    258    Fundamentals of Ecology    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B. Some taxonomic background is recommended.

GEOS    100    Earth Science    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; CHEM 027 or equivalent; PHYS 002A; PHYS 002B.

GEOS    130    Environmental Science    3.0    FS *

Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1 and one course from Breadth Area B2 of the General Education requirements.

GEOS    131    Environmental Science Lab    2.0    FA

Prerequisites: Either CHEM 027 or CHEM 037, one course from Breadth Area B2.

GEOS    275    Senior Project    2.0    SP

Prerequisites: Senior standing in Hydrology or Environmental Science Options.

Major Option Course Requirements: 19-22 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE OPTION IN APPLIED ECOLOGY: 22 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 2 units

1 course required:

GEOS    070    California Water    2.0    SP

Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1 of General Education.

Upper-Division Requirements: 20 units

6 courses required:

BIOL    259    Aquatic Ecology    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B, CHEM 038.

BIOL    275    Microbial Ecology    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 006B. Recommended: BIOL 011.

CHEM    204    Environmental Chemistry    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

GEOG    227    Environmental Impact Analysis    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: GEOG 120 or equivalent.

GEOS    235    Pollution Ecology    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Chem 038.

GEOS    236    Applied Ecology    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: BIOL 258.

THE OPTION IN EARTH RESOURCE SCIENCE: 19 units

Upper-Division Requirements: 19 units

6 courses required:

GEOS    106    Mineralogy and Lithology    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: GEOS 001 or GEOS 002; CHEM 037 or CHEM 027 or equivalent; or faculty permission.

GEOS    107    Stratigraphy    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: GEOS 003 and GEOS 106 (both may be taken concurrently), or faculty permission.

GEOS    160    Field Methods    2.0    SP

Prerequisites: GEOS 106, GEOS 107.

GEOS    161    Preparing Geological Reports    1.0    SP

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, GEOS 160.

GEOS    180    Hydrology    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: GEOS 070; PHYS 002A or PHYS 004A (may be taken concurrently).

GEOS    270    Environmental/Engineering Geol    3.0    S2

Prerequisites: GEOS 002, GEOS 003, GEOS 106. For majors in related sciences and technical fields, GEOS 002.

1 course selected from:

GEOS    190    Surficial Processes    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: MATH 007A; either PHYS 002A or PHYS 004A.

GEOS    215    Hydrogeology    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 037, GEOS 106; MATH 007A; either PHYS 002A or PHYS 004A; either GEOS 070 or GEOS 180. Recommended: GEOS 107.

GEOS    245    Applied Geophysics    3.0    S2

Prerequisites: One year of physics; GEOS 002; or faculty permission.

THE OPTION IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY: 19-20 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 4 units

1 course required:

CHEM    070    Organic Chemistry    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

Upper-Division Requirements: 15-16 units

3 courses required:

CHEM    105    Quantitative Analysis    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

CHEM    203B    Environmental Toxicology    2.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 028 or CHEM 070.

CHEM    204    Environmental Chemistry    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CHEM 038.

6-7 units selected from:

CHEM    170    Organic Chemistry    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 070.

CHEM    170L    Organic Chem Laboratory    1.0    FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 170 may be taken as a prerequisite or concurrently with CHEM 170L.

CHEM    255    Basic Instrumental Analysis    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CHEM 037, CHEM 038.

GEOS    265    Geochemistry    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CHEM 037, GEOS 002. Recommended: GEOS 106.

NOTE: If CHEM 170 is selected, CHEM 170L must also be taken.

THE OPTION IN WATERSHED SCIENCE: 20 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 2 units

1 course required:

GEOS    060    Environmental Soil Science    2.0    FA

Prerequisites: CHEM 037, PHYS 002A or PHYS 004A (may be taken concurrently).

Upper-Division Requirements: 18 units

6 courses required:

GEOG    227    Environmental Impact Analysis    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: GEOG 120 or equivalent.

GEOS    180    Hydrology    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: GEOS 070; PHYS 002A or PHYS 004A (may be taken concurrently).

GEOS    190    Surficial Processes    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: MATH 007A; either PHYS 002A or PHYS 004A.

GEOS    210    Intro to Watershed Hydrology    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: GEOS 180 or concurrent enrollment in GEOS 215 or prior hydrology course work and consent of instructor.

GEOS    235    Pollution Ecology    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Chem 038.

GEOS    260    Water Resources Management    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; GEOS 130 or GEOS 180.

Students should consult with an adviser regarding selection of courses which will apply to a Biological Science or Chemistry minor.

Please see the Electives, Grading, and Advising Requirements under the BS in Geosciences.