Requirements

B.A. IN GEOLOGY

Requirements (92-95 units)
Total units required for graduation: 180

Lower-division requirements (37-40 units)

  1. Five units chosen from:
    • BIOL 100. Topics in Biology (5)
    • BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell (5)
  2. A minimum of five units chosen from:
    • CHEM 205. Fundamentals of Chemistry I: General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)
  3. GEOL 101. Introductory Geology (5)
  4. GEOL 250. Historical Geology (5)
  5. MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)
  6. A minimum of 13 units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A:
      • PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 122. Basic Concepts of Physics II (4)
      • PHYS 123. Basic Concepts of Physics III (4)
    • Group B:
      • PHYS 221. General Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 222. General Physics II (5)
      • PHYS 223. General Physics III (5)

Upper-division requirements (55 units)

  1. GEOL 301. Introduction to Geologic Mapping (4)
  2. GEOL 312. Geology of California (4)
  3. GEOL 320. Mineralogy and Crystallography (5)
  4. GEOL 321. Optical Mineralogy (3)
  5. GEOL 322. Introduction to Geochemistry (4)
  6. GEOL 325. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (5)
  7. GEOL 330. Sedimentary Petrology (5)
  8. GEOL 340. Stratigraphy (5)
  9. GEOL 360. Structural Geology (5)
  10. GEOL 398. Research Methods and Design (1)
  11. GEOL 399. Undergraduate Geologic Research (3)
  12. GEOL 590. Senior Seminar (2)
  13. A minimum of nine units chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor from the list below. No more than four units may be from a supervision course.
    • GEOG 202. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography (5)
    • GEOG 308. Advanced Geographic Information Systems (5)
    • GEOG 480. Geomorphology (4)
    • GEOL 307. Service Learning in the Earth Sciences (1-2)
    • GEOL 310. Regional Field Geology (2)
    • GEOL 350. Paleontology (5)
    • GEOL 370. Tectonics (4)
    • GEOL 391. Advanced Geologic Mapping (2-6)
    • GEOL 395. Directed Studies (1-4)
    • GEOL 540. Advanced Topics in Geology (4)
    • GEOL 545. Laboratory for Advanced Topics in Geology (1-2)
    • GEOL 550. Earth Resources (5)
    • GEOL 551. Neotectonics and Seismic Hazard Analysis (5)
    • GEOL 552. Volcanology and Volcanic Hazard Assessment (5)
    • GEOL 553. Advanced Structural Geology (5)
    • GEOL 595. Independent Study (1-6)
    • GEOL 597. Senior Honors Research (2-4)

B.A. IN GEOLOGY – INTEGRATED TEACHING TRACK

Requirements (144-147 units)
Total units required for graduation: 210-213

Students who successfully meet the requirements for the Teaching Track in Geosciences will earn a B.A. in Geology and a Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential in Geosciences. In addition to the course requirements listed below, students must complete the following to qualify for a Preliminary Teaching Credential:

  1. Successfully complete the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) and the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). These exams must be passed before enrolling in ESEC 550A;
  2. Submit a Program Application File (PAF) to the Credentials Office;
  3. Identify an advisor who is approved by the chairs of the Geological Sciences Department and the Department of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education;
  4. Provide verification of a negative tuberculin examination within the last 24 months, and submit an application for a certificate of clearance or evidence of a credential or permit authorizing public school teaching in California;
  5. Academic Achievement:

    Applicants must maintain the following minimum grade point averages:
    • A grade point average of 2.75 in all baccalaureate course work.
    • A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in professional education course work with no course grade in this area lower than "B-." Students can only discount one grade in the professional education courses. They can only repeat two of these courses.
  6. Course work taken at another institution, or more than seven years ago, is subject to approval by the chairs of both the Geological Sciences Department and the Department of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education.

Requirements for the B.A. in Geology – Integrated Teaching Track:

Lower-division requirements (39-42 units)

  1. Five units chosen from:
    • BIOL 100. Topics in Biology (5)
    • BIOL 200. Biology of the Cell (5)
  2. A minimum of five units chosen from:
    • CHEM 205. Fundamentals of Chemistry 1: General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 215. General Chemistry I: Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding (6)
  3. GEOL 101. Introductory Geology (5)
  4. GEOL 250. Historical Geology (5)
  5. MATH 211. Basic Concepts of Calculus (4)
  6. A minimum of thirteen units chosen from Group A or B below:
    • Group A:
      • PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 122. Basic Concepts of Physics II (4)
      • PHYS 123. Basic Concepts of Physics III (4)
    • Group B:
      • PHYS 221. General Physics I (5)
      • PHYS 222. General Physics II (5)
      • PHYS 223. General Physics III (5)
  7. Two units chosen from
    • GEOL 205. Volcanic Hazards, Surveillance and Prediction (2)
    • GEOL 210. Earthquakes: Science and Public Policy (2)

Upper-division requirements (57 units)

  1. GEOL 301. Introduction to Geologic Mapping (4)
  2. GEOL 312. Geology of California (4)
  3. GEOL 320. Mineralogy and Crystallography (5)
  4. GEOL 321. Optical Mineralogy (3)
  5. GEOL 325. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (5)
  6. GEOL 330. Sedimentary Petrology (5)
  7. GEOL 340. Stratigraphy (5)
  8. GEOL 360. Structural Geology (5)
  9. GEOL 398. Research Methods and Design (1)
  10. GEOL 399. Undergraduate Student Research (3)
  11. GEOL 590. Senior Seminar (2)
  12. GEOG 360. Weather and Climate (4)
  13. GEOG 480. Geomorphology (4)
  14. PHYS 303. Astronomy for Educators (3)
  15. Four units chosen from:
    • NSCI 300. Science and Technology (4)
    • NSCI 314. Life in the Cosmos (4)
    • NSCI 315. Natural Disasters (4)
    • NSCI 320. Energy (4)
    • NSCI 360. Legacy of Life (4)

Education courses (48 units)

  1. ESEC 405. Introduction to Secondary School Culture (4)
  2. ESEC 407. Secondary School Teaching (4)
  3. ESEC 410. Adolescent Development and Learning (4)
  4. ESEC 413. Language Interaction in the Classroom (4)
  5. ESEC 417. Educational Psychology: Instructional Theory, Assessment, and Classroom Management (4)
  6. ESEC 419. Literacy Across the Curriculum (4)
  7. ESEC 506L. Curriculum and Instruction in Content Areas: Life and Physical Sciences (4)
  8. ESEC 550A. Student Teaching (2)
  9. The following courses must be taken together:
    • ESEC 512. Assessment Seminar: Designing Instruction (2)
    • ESEC 550B. Student Teaching (4)
  10. The following courses must be taken together:
    • ESEC 513. Assessment Seminar: Assessing Learning (2)
    • ESEC 514. Assessment Seminar: Culminating Teaching Experience (2)
    • ESEC 550C. Student Teaching (8)

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