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Bachelor of Arts in Geology

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The Bachelor of Arts degree was designed for students who are interested in and enjoy studying their physical environment and the geosciences but who do not intend to become "geologists".

They often complete a second major.

Although some of these graduates have found employment with geotechnical consulting firms, most have pursued employment opportunities un-related to geology or entered advanced degree programs in law, business/public administration, education, dentistry or theology.

Required Courses

Ten courses are required for the major.

One of the following introductory courses:

  • GEOS 51 Physical Geology
  • GEOS 53 Geologic Evolution of the Earth
  • GEOS 61 Geology of California

Five core courses:

  • GEOS 100 Mineralogy
  • GEOS 110 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • GEOS 112 Sedimentary Petrology
  • GEOS 114 Structural Geology
  • GEOS 161 Geologic Field Methods

One of the following courses emphasizing earth history:

  • GEOS 53 Geologic Evolution of the Earth (if not chosen above)
  • GEOS 120 Paleontology

One course in applied geology (from the following):

  • GEOS 142 Geochemistry
  • GEOS 144 Geomorphology
  • GEOS 145 Engineering Geology
  • GEOS 148 Hydrogeology

One course in general chemistry: CHEM 23 or CHEM 25

One computer course (from the following):

  • GEOS 102 Spatial Analysis & GIS
  • COMP 25 Computers in Information Processing
  • COMP 51 Computer Science I