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: 61-62 units

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

Lower-Division Requirements: 20-21 units

4 courses required:
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.)
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.
GEOS203Principles of Historical Geol2.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 101 or GEOS 102.
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.
1 course 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).
PHYS204AMechanics4.0FS *
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 121 (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.
1 course selected from:
MATH105Statistics3.0FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
MATH121Analytic Geometry and Calculus4.0FS
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 120 with a grade of C- or higher.

Students who are considering attending graduate school should talk with an adviser about additional preparatory courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. The department very strongly recommends CHEM 111, CHEM 112, MATH 120, MATH 121; either PHYS 202A and PHYS 202B or PHYS 204A, PHYS 204B, and PHYS 204C.

Upper-Division Requirements: 41 units

12 courses required:
GEOS303Invertebrate Paleontology3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 203 or course in Biology.
GEOS306Mineralogy and Lithology4.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 101 or GEOS 102; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111 or equivalent; or faculty permission.
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.
GEOS402Optical Mineralogy1.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 306 with grade of C- or better. Must be taken concurrently with GEOS 403.
GEOS403Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology4.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 306 with grade of C- or better. Must be taken concurrently with GEOS 402.
GEOS408Structural Geology4.0FA
Prerequisites: High school or college trigonometry; GEOS 203; GEOS 307 with grade of C- or higher.
GEOS471Field Geology2.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 360, GEOS 361, GEOS 408 (with grade of C- or higher in all courses).
GEOS555Sedimentary Basin Analysis3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 307, GEOS 403.
GEOS572Advanced Field Geology2.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 403, GEOS 471.
GEOS580Geol Evolution of North Amer3.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 555, senior standing in Geology major, or faculty permission. 2-3 courses selected from:
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, GEOS 306, MATH 120; either PHYS 202A or PHYS 204A; either GEOS 270 or GEOS 380. Recommended: GEOS 307.
Prerequisites: GEOS 203 (may be taken concurrently).
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, GEOS 102. Recommended: GEOS 306.
GEOS570Environmental/Engineering Geol3.0S2
Prerequisites: GEOS 102, GEOS 203, GEOS 306. For majors in related sciences and technical fields, GEOS 102. 0-1 courses selected from:

Any upper-division non-General Education geosciences (GEOS) course.

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