Total Units Required: 120
The Bachelor of Science in Geosciences is designed for students who plan to become high school science teachers. It provides students with the required subject matter competency to enter a single subject credential program in science with a concentration in geoscience.
All courses taken to fulfill program course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as credit/no credit grading only.
Course Requirements for the Major: 58-66 units
Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, is required of all candidates for this degree. Courses in this program may complete more than one graduation requirement.
|CHEM 111||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 112||General Chemistry II||4|
|ERTH 102||Physical Geology||3|
|ERTH 203||Principles of Historical Geology||3|
|Select eight units from the following:||8|
|General Physics I|
and General Physics II
|Physics for Students of Science and Engineering: Mechanics 1|
|Physics for Students of Science and Engineering: Electricity and Magnetism 1|
|Physics for Students of Science and Engineering: Heat, Wave Motion, Sound, Light, and Modern Topics 1|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Survey of Calculus|
|Analytic Geometry and Calculus|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Introduction to Statistics|
|Analytic Geometry and Calculus|
|ERTH 300W||Earth System Science (W)||3|
|ERTH 306||Mineralogy and Lithology||4|
|ERTH 321||Introduction to Meteorology||3|
|ERTH 341||Teaching Practicum in Geological and Environmental Sciences||3|
|Major Option Courses|
|Select one of the following options:||13-20|
Major Option Course Requirements
Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.
This option provides students with a good foundation in each of the physical sciences so that they are prepared to pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) in Earth Science. Students who complete the program are also prepared to pass the General Science CSET, which will allow them to teach general science at the middle school level.
|CHEM 270||Organic Chemistry I||4|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology|
|Introduction to Living Systems|
|BIOL 302W||Evolution (W)||3|
|PHYS 307||Physics of Music||3|
This option is an approved Subject Matter Preparation Program for Science with a Concentration in Geoscience. Thus it fulfills one of the requirements for admission into a single subject teaching credential program. See the Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Science for more information.
|BIOL 161||Principles of Ecological, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology||4|
|BIOL 162||Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology||4|
|ERTH 303||Invertebrate Paleontology||3|
|ERTH 360||Field Methods||2|
|ERTH 361W||Preparation of the Geological Report (W)||1|
|ERTH 489T||Internship in Geoscience Teaching||3|
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 advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.
Honors in the Major
Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.
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 academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. 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.
Some common features of Honors in the Major program are:
- You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
- 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 for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
- Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
- Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
- 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.
- 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 advisor to apply.
See Bachelor's Degree Requirements for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 39 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.
General Education Requirements: 48 units
This major has approved GE modification(s). See below for information on how to apply these modification(s).
- ERTH 300W is an approved major course substitution for Upper Division Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (UD-B).
Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units
You must complete a minimum of two courses that focus primarily on cultural diversity. At least one course must be in U.S. Diversity (USD) and at least one in Global Cultures (GC). See Diversity Requirements for a full list of courses. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.
Upper-Division Writing Requirement
Writing Across the Curriculum (EM 17-009) is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of four Writing (W) courses, two of which are designated by the major department. See Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Requirements for more details on the four courses. The first of the major designated Writing (W) courses is listed below.
- Any upper-division Writing (W) course.
The second major-designated Writing course is the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GW) (EO 665). Students must earn a C- or higher to receive GW credit. The GE Written Communication (A2) requirement must be completed before a student is permitted to register for a GW course.