BA in Earth Science

Units required for Major: 62-64
Total units required for BA: 120

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 Subject Matter Program), 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 (37-38 Units)
Select one of the following introductory Geology lecture-lab combinations:4
Geology Of Mexico 1
Natural Disasters
Earth Science Lab 1
Earth Science
Earth Science Lab 1
Physical Geology
Physical Geology Lab 1
Each of the remaining courses as follows:
ASTR 4BIntroduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology3
ASTR 6Astronomical Observation Laboratory1
Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology
Cells, Molecules and Genes 1
9 - 10
or BIO 7 Introduction to the Science of Biology
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I5
or CHEM 6A Introduction to General Chemistry
GEOL 12Historical Geology3
GEOL 12LHistorical Geology Lab1
MATH 26ACalculus I for the Social and Life Sciences 13
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound
General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics
Required Upper Division Courses (26 Units)
GEOG 111Elements Of Meteorology3
GEOL 103Sedimentology/Stratigraphy4
GEOL 111AField Geology2
GEOL 111BField Techniques2
GEOL 130Oceanography 13
Select 6 units from the following:6
Structural Geology and Tectonics
Surficial Processes
Geology of California
Geology and the Environment
Geological Field Trip
Select 6 units not taken previously from the following:6
Environmental Archaeology
Human Paleontology
Professional Writing
Climate 2
Global Climate Change
California's Water Resources
Data Journalism
Philosophy Of Science
Environmental Interpretation
Select 3-5 other upper-division geology courses with permission of instructor
Total Units63-64

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms
B1 - Physical Science 20
B2 - Life Forms 20
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5) 20
B4 - Math Concepts 20
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (12 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units36

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 26