THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGY
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:
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.)
|CHEM||111||General Chemistry||4.0||FS * |
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.
|GEOS||102||Physical Geology||3.0||FS * |
Prerequisites: GEOS 101 or GEOS 102.
|GEOS||203||Principles of Historical Geol||2.0||FA |
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.
|MATH||120||Analytic Geometry and Calculus||4.0||FS * |
1 course selected from:
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).
Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 121 (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.
|PHYS||202A||General Physics||4.0||FS * |
1 course selected from:
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement; MATH 120 with a grade of C- or higher.
|MATH||121||Analytic Geometry and Calculus||4.0||FS |
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:
Prerequisites: GEOS 203 or course in Biology.
|GEOS||303||Invertebrate Paleontology||3.0||SP |
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.
|GEOS||306||Mineralogy and Lithology||4.0||FA |
Prerequisites: GEOS 306, GEOS 307.
|GEOS||360||Field Methods||2.0||SP |
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, GEOS 360.
|GEOS||361||Preparing Geological Reports||1.0||SP WP |
Prerequisites: GEOS 306 with grade of C- or better. Must be taken concurrently with GEOS 403.
|GEOS||402||Optical Mineralogy||1.0||SP |
Prerequisites: GEOS 306 with grade of C- or better. Must be taken concurrently with GEOS 402.
|GEOS||403||Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology||4.0||SP |
Prerequisites: High school or college trigonometry; GEOS 203; GEOS 307 with grade of C- or higher.
|GEOS||408||Structural Geology||4.0||FA |
Prerequisites: GEOS 360, GEOS 361, GEOS 408 (with grade of C- or higher in all courses).
|GEOS||471||Field Geology||2.0||SP |
Prerequisites: GEOS 307, GEOS 403.
|GEOS||555||Sedimentary Basin Analysis||3.0||FA |
Prerequisites: GEOS 403, GEOS 471.
|GEOS||572||Advanced Field Geology||2.0||SP |
Prerequisites: GEOS 555, senior standing in Geology major, or faculty permission.
|GEOS||580||Geol Evolution of North Amer||3.0||SP |
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.
Prerequisites: GEOS 102, GEOS 203, GEOS 306. For majors in related sciences and technical fields, GEOS 102.
|GEOS||570||Environmental/Engineering Geol||3.0||S2 |
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.