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Geological Sciences Bachelor of Science

Overview

Why You Should Get a Bachelor in Science in Geology

The Bachelor of Science in geology consists of 48 units in geological science, at least 30 units in related fields, and 39 general education units.  Students are required to complete a total of 120 units for graduation.  Courses in related fields are in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics.  The geology and related-fields courses have been selected to prepare students for:

  1. graduate studies in geology related subjects such as geochemistry, geophysics, or oceanography;
  2. employment in one of the many areas of the geological sciences;
  3. teaching in the geological sciences; and
  4. an avocation in the geological sciences.

Advising

Each student meets regularly with the undergraduate advisor to formulate his or her study plan and choose appropriate elective courses.

Contacts

For more information about our program in Geology, please contact our undergraduate advisor, Dr. Nicole Bonuso, at (657) 278-3882.  You are also welcome to visit our department in Room 254, McCarthy Hall, or write to:

Undergraduate Advisor

Department of Geological Sciences

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, CA 92834-6850.

Student Learning Goals

In Spring 2011, the faculty developed the following Geology Learning Outcomes statement:

The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in geological sciences:

Skills, concepts, and processes

  • describe, classify and interpret geologic field data and interpret the geologic history of an area by integrating all types of field data
  • read, interpret, and construct geologic maps, cross sections and block diagrams and use such diagrams to visualize geologic relations in the four dimensions of space and time
  • understand geologic time, explain the geologic time scale and its scientific basis, recount the milestone events in Earth history, and understand the basics of common dating methods

Integrative approach to Earth Science problems

  • apply physics, chemistry and biology to the understanding of Earth systems and cycles, including plate tectonics and the rock cycle, the water cycle, and the life cycle and evolution
  • understand the role of geology in everyday life, appreciate the extent of human impact on Earth systems and environments, and understand the processes that create natural hazards, and the strategies that minimize their impact on society

Scientific method

  • perform independent geological research by applying the scientific method, identify and locate existing geologic information, and communicate data and interpretations orally and in writing using appropriate technology

The University Catalog lists courses for Geology B.S.