BA in Geology

Units required for Major: 51-54

Program Description

The BA degree program is designed as a shorter, more flexible preparation for some geology jobs, earth science teaching in high school (see Teaching Credential), and jobs such as park naturalist, environmentalist, geologic planning specialist, or in geology-related businesses. The BA degree can be used in dual-track majors combining geology with biological sciences, chemistry, physics, or engineering.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (21-24 Units)
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I5
GEOL 5Geology Of Mexico4
or GEOL 10
Physical Geology
Physical Geology Lab
GEOL 12Historical Geology3
GEOL 12LHistorical Geology Lab1
MATH 26ACalculus I for the Social and Life Sciences4 - 7
or MATH 29
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Calculus I
PHYS 5AGeneral Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound4
or PHYS 11A General Physics: Mechanics
Required Upper Division Courses (30 Units)
GEOL 100Mineralogy4
GEOL 102Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GEOL 103Sedimentology/Stratigraphy4
GEOL 110AStructural Geology and Tectonics4
GEOL 110BStructural Geology Field1
GEOL 111AField Geology2
GEOL 111BField Techniques2
Select at least 9 units of the following:9
Geophysics For Geologists
Surficial Processes
Geology of California
Metallic Ore Deposits
Computer Mapping in Geology
Petroleum Geology
Geology and Tectonic Development of California Seminar
Engineering Geology
Senior Research Preparation
Senior Research Project
Total Units51-54

Note: Attendance at 16 colloquia, verified by faculty signature, is required.