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.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared 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:
BIOL151Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 111 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL152Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 151; recommend CHEM 112 or concurrent enrollment.
CHEM111General Chemistry4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
CHEM112General Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 111.
GEOS102Physical Geology3.0FS *
Prerequisites: High school chemistry or physics is recommended; students with no previous science courses are advised to enroll in GEOS 101. No college credit for those who have passed GEOS 101.
GEOS250Computer Apps in Geoscience1.0FS
Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in MATH 120, or consent of instructor.
MATH120Analytic Geometry and Calculus4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or high school equivalent); a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.
MATH121Analytic Geometry and Calculus4.0FS
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 120 with a grade of C- or higher. 2 courses selected from:
PHYS202AGeneral Physics4.0FS *
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. High school trigonometry and second-year high school algebra or equivalent (MATH 051 and MATH 118 at CSU, Chico). AND (Both the above and following course must be taken)
PHYS202BGeneral Physics4.0FS
Prerequisites: PHYS 202A.

Or two of the following three courses may be substituted for PHYS 202A and PHYS 202B.

PHYS204AMechanics4.0FS *
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 121 (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.
PHYS204BElectricity and Magnetism4.0FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204A with a grade of C- or higher.
PHYS204CHeat/Wave Motion/Sound/Light4.0FS
Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 204A with a grade of C- or higher.

Students who are considering attending graduate school should consult with an adviser before selecting lower-division core courses. We recommend PHYS 204A, PHYS 204B, and PHYS 204C.

Upper-Division Requirements: 14 units

5 courses required:
BIOL400Fundamentals of Ecology4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 152 or faculty permission. Some taxonomic background is recommended.
GEOS300Earth System Science3.0FA WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; CHEM 107 or equivalent; PHYS 202A, PHYS 202B.
GEOS330Environmental Science3.0FS *
Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1 and one course from Breadth Area B2 of the General Education requirements.
GEOS331Environmental Science Lab2.0FA
Prerequisites: Either CHEM 107 or CHEM 111, one course from Breadth Area B2.
GEOS575Senior Project2.0SP
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:
GEOS270California Water2.0SP
Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1 of General Education.

Upper-Division Requirements: 20 units

6 courses required:
BIOL402Microbial Ecology4.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 152. Recommended: BIOL 211.
BIOL404Aquatic Ecology4.0FA
Prerequisites: BIOL 152, CHEM 112.
CHEM440Environmental Chemistry3.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
GEOG427Environmental Impact Analysis3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 320 or equivalent.
GEOS535Pollution Ecology3.0FA
Prerequisites: Chem 038.
GEOS536Applied Ecology3.0SP
Prerequisites: BIOL 400.

THE OPTION IN EARTH RESOURCE SCIENCE: 19 units

Upper-Division Requirements: 19 units

6 courses required:
GEOS306Mineralogy and Lithology4.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 101 or GEOS 102; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111 or equivalent; or faculty permission.
GEOS307Stratigraphy3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 203 and GEOS 306 (both may be taken concurrently), or faculty permission.
GEOS360Field Methods2.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 306, GEOS 307.
GEOS361Preparing Geological Reports1.0SP WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, GEOS 360.
GEOS380Hydrology3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 270; PHYS 202A or PHYS 204A (may be taken concurrently).
GEOS570Environmental/Engineering Geol3.0S2
Prerequisites: GEOS 102, GEOS 203, GEOS 306. For majors in related sciences and technical fields, GEOS 102.
1 course selected from:
GEOS390Surficial Processes3.0FA
Prerequisites: MATH 120; either PHYS 202A or PHYS 204A.
GEOS415Hydrogeology3.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, GEOS 306, MATH 120; either PHYS 202A or PHYS 204A; either GEOS 270 or GEOS 380. Recommended: GEOS 307.
GEOS545Applied Geophysics3.0S2
Prerequisites: One year of physics, GEOS 102, or faculty permission.

THE OPTION IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY: 19-20 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 4 units

1 course required:
CHEM270Organic Chemistry4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.

Upper-Division Requirements: 15-16 units

3 courses required:
CHEM320Quantitative Analysis4.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
CHEM440Environmental Chemistry3.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 112.
CHEM445Environmental Toxicology2.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 108 or CHEM 270. 6-7 units selected from:
CHEM370Organic Chemistry3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 270.
CHEM370LOrganic Chem Laboratory1.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 370 may be taken as a prerequisite or concurrently with CHEM 370L.
CHEM425Basic Instrumental Analysis3.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, CHEM 112.
GEOS565Geochemistry3.0FA
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, GEOS 102. Recommended: GEOS 306.

NOTE: If CHEM 370 is selected, CHEM 370L must also be taken.

THE OPTION IN WATERSHED SCIENCE: 20 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 2 units

1 course required:
GEOS260Environmental Soil Science2.0FA
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, PHYS 202A or PHYS 204A (may be taken concurrently).

Upper-Division Requirements: 18 units

6 courses required:
GEOG427Environmental Impact Analysis3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOG 320 or equivalent.
GEOS380Hydrology3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 270; PHYS 202A or PHYS 204A (may be taken concurrently).
GEOS390Surficial Processes3.0FA
Prerequisites: MATH 120; either PHYS 202A or PHYS 204A.
GEOS410Intro to Watershed Hydrology3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 380 or concurrent enrollment in GEOS 415 or prior hydrology course work and consent of instructor.
GEOS460Water Resources Management3.0SP
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; GEOS 330 or GEOS 380.
GEOS535Pollution Ecology3.0FA
Prerequisites: Chem 038.

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.