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Bachelor of Science in Geology

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The Bachelor of Science program is designed for students who wish to pursue employment in the geosciences or continue their education at the graduate level.

Students with a B.S. degree are able to find employment as entry-level technicians or consulting geologists.

Career options are greatly enhanced if a student earns a Master of Science degree.

Our graduates have successfully completed graduate degrees at universities throughout the United States.

Required Courses

One of the following introductory courses:

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

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

Two courses in applied geology (from the following):

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

One geology elective (other than GEOS 105 or 193)

One of the following experiential learning courses:

  • GEOS 187 Internship in Geosciences
  • GEOS 197 Undergraduate Research


  • Two courses in general chemistry (CHEM 25 and 27)
  • Two courses in physics (PHYS 23 and 25 or PHYS 53 and 55)
  • Two semesters of calculus (MATH 51 and 53)
  • One computer course (GEOS 102 or COMP 25 or COMP 51)