THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GEOSCIENCES

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.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in The University Catalog and The Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Geosciences majors in the Option in Science Education with a Concentration in Geosciences may meet the Breadth Area B2 requirement by completing BIOL 151.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in The University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 63-70 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 15-16 units

2 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.)
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 choosing the Earth Science, Geology, or Hydrology Option who contemplate attending graduate school should talk with an adviser about additional preparatory courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. We recommend CHEM 111 and CHEM 112; MATH 120 and MATH 121; and either PHYS 202A and PHYS 202B or PHYS 204A, PHYS 204B, and PHYS 204C.

Major Option Course Requirements: 48-54 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 HYDROLOGY: 53-54 units

Students anticipating becoming licensed as a Certified Hydrogeologist in the State of California must also be licensed as a Registered Geologist prior to certification. To qualify as a Registered Geologist in the State of California requires graduation with a major in geology or the completion of 30 semester units in geological science courses leading to a major in geology, of which at least 24 units must be upper-division or graduate courses. The department therefore recommends that students complete a major in geology in addition to the Option in Hydrology.

Lower-Division Requirements: 16 units

5 courses required:
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.
GEOS260Environmental Soil Science2.0FA
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, PHYS 202A or PHYS 204A (may be taken concurrently).
GEOS270California Water2.0SP
Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1 of General Education.
1 course selected from:
PHYS202BGeneral Physics4.0FS
Prerequisites: PHYS 202A.
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.

Upper-Division Requirements: 37-38 units

Option Core: 26 units

9 courses required:
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.
GEOS306Mineralogy and Lithology4.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 101 or GEOS 102; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111 or equivalent; or faculty permission.
GEOS330Environmental Science3.0FS *
Prerequisites: One course from Breadth Area B1 and one course from Breadth Area B2 of the General Education requirements.
GEOS380Hydrology3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 270; PHYS 202A or PHYS 204A (may be taken concurrently).
GEOS381Hydrologic Field Methods2.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 270 (may be taken concurrently), GEOS 380, GEOS 415, prior hydrology course work, or consent of instructor.
GEOS415Hydrogeology3.0SP
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, GEOS 306, MATH 120; either PHYS 202A or PHYS 204A; either GEOS 270 or GEOS 380. Recommended: GEOS 307.
GEOS460Water Resources Management3.0SP
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; GEOS 330 or GEOS 380.
GEOS565Geochemistry3.0FA
Prerequisites: CHEM 111, GEOS 102. Recommended: GEOS 306.
GEOS575Senior Project2.0SP
Prerequisites: Senior standing in Hydrology or Environmental Science Options.

ADVISING PATTERN CORE REQUIREMENTS: 11-12 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required depending upon the advising pattern chosen. Students must select one of the following advising patterns for the completion of the major course requriements.

Watershed Advising Pattern: 11-12 units

2 courses required:
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. 5-6 units selected from:

In consultation with an adviser, select 5-6 units of relevant upper-division courses in Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Geography, and Geosciences.

Hydrogeology Advising Pattern: 11-12 units

2 courses required:
GEOS307Stratigraphy3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 203 and GEOS 306 (both may be taken concurrently), or faculty permission.
GEOS530Environmental Sys Modeling I3.0F2
Prerequisites: CHEM 112; GEOS 330 or faculty permission; MATH 120; either PHYS 202B or PHYS 204C. 5-6 units selected from:

In consultation with an adviser, select 5-6 units of relevant upper-division courses in Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Geography, and Geosciences.

THE OPTION IN SCIENCE EDUCATION WITH A CONCENTRATION IN GEOSCIENCES: 48 units

This option fulfills all requirements for the Single Subject Teaching Credential with a Concentration in Geosciences. See the Single Subject Credential secton which follows for more information.

Lower-Division Requirements: 24 units

7 courses required:
BIOL151Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: Recommend CHEM 111 or concurrent enrollment.
BIOL152Biological Principles4.0FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 151; recommend CHEM 112 or concurrent enrollment.
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.
GEOS105Introduction to Astronomy3.0FS *
GEOS203Principles of Historical Geol2.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 101 or GEOS 102.
PHYS202BGeneral Physics4.0FS
Prerequisites: PHYS 202A.

Upper-Division Requirements: 21 units

7 courses required:
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.
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.
GEOS307Stratigraphy3.0FA
Prerequisites: GEOS 203 and GEOS 306 (both may be taken concurrently), or faculty permission.
GEOS321Introduction to Meteorology3.0SP
Prerequisites: MATH 120; either PHYS 202B or PHYS 204C.
GEOS343Oceanography3.0FA
Prerequisites: A lab course in the biological sciences and a lab course in the physical sciences.
GEOS360Field Methods2.0SP
Prerequisites: GEOS 306, GEOS 307.
1 course selected from:
GEOS405Solar System Astronomy3.0S1
Prerequisites: PHYS 202A or equivalent, or faculty permission.
GEOS406Origin/Evolution of Universe3.0S2
Prerequisites: PHYS 202A, PHYS 202B or equivalents, or faculty permission.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B. 2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units. 3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year. 6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.