Courses and Requirements for EPS Majors

Geology

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 361 (Structural Geology), EPSc 385 (Earth History), EPSc 409 (Surface Processes), EPSc 413 (Intro. Soil Science), EPSc 422 (Sedimentary Geology), EPSc 429 (Environ. Hydrogeology), EPSc 430 (Environ. Mineralogy), 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.), EPSc 486 (Paleoclimatology)
  • 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.  For geology majors, field camp fulfills the capstone requirement. Learn more on the Capstone Experience Policy page.

Senior Honors (optional)

Thesis is required for Senior Honors (see Senior Honors and Research Distinction).

Geochemistry

Core courses

 EPSc 201 (Earth and Environment), EPSc 352 (Earth Materials), EPSc 353 (Earth Forces), and  EPSc 441 (Introduction to Geochemistry)

Additional required coursework

Chem 111A, 112A (or a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam); Math 131, 132, 233, and either Math 217 or 309 or 2200 or 3200; Phys 117A, 118A (or Phys 197, 198)

Electives

At least four courses must be selected from those listed below, with at least three in Geochemistry and one in Geology or Geophysics & Remote Sensing.

  • Geology: EPSc 361 (Structural 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 437 (Intro. Petrology), EPSc 473 (Planetary Geology)
  • Geochemistry: EPSc 323 (Biogeochem.), EPSc 401 (Earth Systems Science), EPSc 444 (Environ. Geochem.), EPSc 445 (Organic Geochem.), EPSc 446 (Stable Isotopes), EPSc 474 (Planetary Geochem.), EPSc 486 (Paleoclimatology), EPSc 511 (Min. in Aq. Environ.), EPSc 545 (Radiogenic Isotope Geochem.), EPSc 569 (Thermo & Phase Equil.), EPSc 571 (Meteorites)
  • 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)

Capstone experience

All majors are required to complete a capstone experience during their Junior or Senior year.  Learn more on the Capstone Experience Policy page.

Senior Honors (optional)

Thesis is required for Senior Honors (see Senior Honors and Research Distinction)

Geophysics

Core courses

EPSc 201 (Earth and Environment), EPSc 352 (Earth Materials), and EPSc 353 (Earth Forces)

Additional required coursework

Chem 111A, 112A (or a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam); Math 131, 132, 233, 217, 309; Phys 117A, 118A (or Phys 197, 198)

Electives

At least four courses must be selected from those listed below, with at least three in Geophysics & Remote Sensing and one in Geology or Geochemistry.

  • Geology: EPSc 361 (Structural 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 437 (Intro. Petrology), 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.), EPSc 486 (Paleoclimatology)
  • 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), EPSc 553 (Geophys. Data Analysis), EPSc 558 (Adv. Geodyn.), EPSc 561 (Adv. Seismology), EPSc 570 (Planet. Geophys. & Dyn.)

Capstone experience

All majors are required to complete a capstone experience during their Junior or Senior year. Learn more on the Capstone Experience Policy page.

Senior Honors (optional)

Thesis is required for Senior Honors (see Senior Honors and Research Distinction)

Environmental Earth Science

Core courses

EPSc 201 (Earth and Environment), EPS 323 (Biogeochemistry), EPSc 352 (Earth Materials) or EPS 336 (Minerals and Rocks in the Environment), EPS 413 (Soil Science), Phil 235F (Intro to Environmental Ethics) or PoliSci 2010 (Intro to Environmental Policy) and BIO 2950 (Intro to Environmental Bio)

Additional required coursework

Chem 111 and 112 (or a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam); Math 131 and 132, Phys 117 or Phys 197

Electives

Choose seven courses, with at least 3 must be from EPS.

  • Anthro: Anthro 361, Anthro 3322
  • Bio: Bio 2960, Bio 2970, Bio 349, Bio 381, Bio 419, Bio 4170, Bio 4193, Bio 4810
  • Chem: Chem 261, Chem 401
  • Econ: Econ 451
  • EECE: EECE 210, EECE 518, EECE 531
  • EnSt: EnSt 380, EnSt 539, EnSt 3068 
  • EPS: EPS 219, EPS 308, EPS 319, EPS 353, EPS 353, EPS 385, EPS 401, EPS 408, EPS 409, EPS 422, EPS 428, EPS 429, EPS 430, EPS 441, EPS 444, EPS 445, EPS 446, EPS 454, EPS 486
  • Math: Math: 217, Math 2200, Math 233, Math 3200, Math 309
  • PoliSci: PoliSci 332

Capstone experience

All majors are required to complete a capstone experience during their Junior or Senior year.  Learn more on the Capstone Experience Policy page.

Senior Honors (optional)

Thesis is required for Senior Honors (see Seniors Honor and Research Distinction).