BS in Geology

Units required for Major: 72
Total units required for BS: 120

Program Description

The BS in Geology (General Geology) degree program is designed to prepare students for professional employment or advanced study in geology. The Geology program emphasizes a strong background in the major areas of geology including: mineralogy, petrology, stratigraphy, structural geology, field mapping, and report writing.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Core Courses (26 Units)
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I5
Physical Geology
Physical Geology Lab
or GEOL 5 Geology Of Mexico
GEOL 11 Digital Methods in Geoscience1
GEOL 12Historical Geology3
GEOL 12LHistorical Geology Lab1
MATH 30Calculus I 14
PHYS 5AGeneral Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound4
or PHYS 11A General Physics: Mechanics
PHYS 5BGeneral Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics4
or PHYS 11B General Physics: Heat, Light, Sound, Modern Physics
Required Upper Division Core Courses (46 Units)
GEOL 100Earth Materials - Rocks and Minerals4
GEOL 103Sedimentology/Stratigraphy4
GEOL 110AStructural Geology and Tectonics4
GEOL 110BStructural Geology Field1
GEOL 111AField Geology2
GEOL 111BField Techniques2
GEOL 121Geology of California3
GEOL 189 Geology Colloquium2
Select from the following concentrations:24
General Geology
Total Units72

Concentration in General Geology

Required Courses (12 Units)
GEOL 101 Optical Mineralogy2
GEOL 102Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GEOL 188Advanced Geologic Mapping6
Elective Courses (12 Units)
Select at least 12 units from the following:12
Geophysics For Geologists
Surficial Processes
Metallic Ore Deposits
Environmental Field Methods
Marine Geology
Computer Mapping in Geology
Petroleum Geology
Geology and Tectonic Development of California Seminar
Engineering Geology
Senior Research Preparation
Senior Research Project
Total Units24

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 (6 Units)
B1 - Physical Science 20
B2 - Life Forms3
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.3
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 (9 Units)
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
Area F: Ethnic Studies (3 Units)
Area F Course3
Total Units42

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