For more information please contact: Prof. Phil Skemer (Director of Undergraduate Studies)
Geology addresses the formation processes, spatial organization and tectonic origins, age, and chemistry of rocks on Earth and other planets. In addition to other requirements, Geology students take EPSc 437 Introduction to Petrology and a 6 credit field camp.
Core courses: EPSc 201 (Earth and Environment), EPSc 352 (Earth Materials), EPSc 353 (Earth Forces), and EPSc 437 (Introduction to Petrology).
Additional required coursework: Chem 111A, 112A (or a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam); Math 131, 132, 233; Phys 117A, 118A (or Phys 197, 198).
Electives: At least four courses must be selected from those listed below, with at least three in Geology and one in Geophysics or Geochemistry.
Geology: EPSc 385 (Earth History), EPSc 400 (Planetary Crusts), EPSc 409 (Surface Processes), EPSc 413 (Intro. Soil Science), EPSc 422 (Sedimentary Geology), EPSc 429 (Environ. Hydrogeology), EPSc 430 (Environ. Mineralogy), EPSc 460 (Intro. Structural Geology), EPSc 473 (Planetary Geology)
Geochemistry: EPSc 323 (Biogeochem.), EPSc 401 (Earth Systems Science), EPSc 441 (Intro. Geochem.), EPSc 444 (Environ. Geochem.), EPSc 445 (Organic Geochem.), EPSc 446 (Stable Isotopes), EPSc 474 (Planetary Geochem.)
Geophysics & Remote Sensing: EPSc 319 (Physical Oceanography), EPSc 407 (Remote Sensing), EPSc 408 (Earth's Atm. & Global Climate), EPSc 410 (Earth Remote Sensing Methods & Instr.), EPSc 428 (Hydrology), EPSc 452 (Intro. Seismology), EPSc 453 (Interior of the Earth), EPSc 454 (Explor. & Environ. Geophysics), EPSc 459 (Geodynamics)
Field camp: Students must complete an approved geology field camp worth at least six units of credit. The field camp must be attended during the summer, after either the junior or the senior year. It is important to take the appropriate courses (usually listed by the camp) before attending field camp.
Capstone experience: All majors are required to complete a capstone experience during their Junior or Senior year.
Senior Honors (optional): Thesis is required for Senior Honors (see Seniors Honors and Research Distinction).