B.S. in Geology

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Geology degree prepares students to use common geological tools and lab and field techniques; analyze data; and develop as scientists. Students in this program have opportunities to study in the field as they explore geological concepts relevant to environmental protection, energy resource exploration and development, and land infrastructure engineering. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 14
EAS 150  Introduction to Geology 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 6
   
Second Semester 16
EAS 200  Historical Geology 4
EAS Elective 3
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
General Education Courses 6
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
CHE 101  Chemistry I 4
EAS 230  Earth Resources 3
GIS 311  Geographic Information Systems 3
MAT 281  Calculus I 3
General Education Course 3
   
Fourth Semester 16
CHE 102  Chemistry II 4
EAS 303  Hydrology 3
EAS 343  Geomorphology   3
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
General Education Course 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
EAS 301  Professional Development for Geologists 1
EAS 331  Mineralogy  4
EAS Elective 3
MAT 215  Statistics 3
PHY 121  General Physics I  OR  PHY 101  College Physics I 4
   
Sixth Semester 14
EAS 332  Petrology 4
EAS Related Elective 3
PHY 122  General Physics II  OR  PHY 102  College Physics II 4
General Education Course 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 16
EAS 423  Sedimentology/Stratigraphy 4
EAS 437  Field Methods in Geology 3
EAS Elective 3
General Education Course 6
   
Eighth Semester 13
EAS 425  Structural Geology 4
EAS Electives 6
General Education Course 3
Total 120

Recommended Free Electives (24 to 25 credits)

  • EAS 210  Intro to Soils (3 credits)
  • EAS 250  Volcanology (3 credits)
  • EAS 290  Planetary Geology (3 credits)
  • EAS 333  Geochemistry (3 credits)
  • EAS 355  Geophysics (3 credits)
  • EAS 402  Groundwater Hydrology (3 credits)
  • EAS 427  Tectonics (3 credits)
  • EAS 429  Petroleum Geology (3 credits)
  • EAS 438  Computer Apps. in EAS (3 credits)
  • EAS 441  Advanced Env Geology (3 credits)
  • EAS 448  Watershed Evaluation (3 credits)
  • GIS 350  Remote Sensing of Env (3 credits)
  • GIS 413  Env Applications in GIS (3 credits)
  • GEO 479  Internship (variable)
  • Other Adviser-approved courses

Additional Requirements

(Not counted toward the General Education requirements.)

  • Special Experience Course (select one): EAS 391, EAS 392, EAS 393, EAS 492 or GEO 479
  • Upper-Division Writing Component Course (select two): EAS 427, EAS 438, EAS 441 or EAS 448
  • Laboratory Course (select one): EAS 150

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/geology/index.aspx