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B.S. in Geology
B.A. in Science: Concentration in Meteorology
Minor in Geology
Minor in Meteorology
Students who are considering teaching geology at the high school level should consult a credential adviser in the College of Science and Engineering to plan their major, as specific courses outside the geology program are required. Students who plan to work in industry or continue to graduate school are urged to complete the Bachelor of Science in Geology.
The Bachelor of Science in Geology is designed for students wishing to continue to graduate school or planning to pursue a professional career in industry, government, or university teaching. The major provides students with a fundamental background in the physical sciences and many areas of geology necessary for an in-depth comprehension of the subject. Entry to the major presupposes prior course work equivalent to two years of high school algebra, one year of plane geometry, one-half year of trigonometry, and one year of physics and/or chemistry.
The Bachelor of Arts in Science: Concentration in Meteorology is designed for students with a general interest in the atmospheric sciences and for those pursuing careers such as science teaching, science writing, and broadcast meteorology. In consultation with the faculty, students may also complete additional course work beyond the minimum degree requirements to prepare for graduate study or professional employment in meteorology.
The undergraduate program in meteorology trains students in physical, dynamical and synoptic meteorology, with a special focus on air-sea interactions. Students are also exposed to other topics including:
The Minor in Meteorology is designed to provide a basic introduction to atmospheric science. Science majors who plan to teach at the high school or community college level will find that this program will allow them to investigate not only fundamental topics but also current developments in the field of air-sea interactions, forecasting, and climatic change. The minor also serves those students who plan to apply the principles of basic science to environmental problems. Electives include physical oceanography and applied climatology; this course work, in combination with meteorology, allows students to adequately understand the basic physical constraints on the air-sea-land system.
Students graduating with the B.A. in Science: Concentration in Meteorology have found employment in all aspects of the profession. Several of our graduates have found employment with the National Weather Service, the largest single employer of meteorologists in the United States. Graduates are also employed at other government agencies, public utilities, and private consulting firms. In addition, some students have combined their meteorology training with broadcast skills in pursuit of career in media meteorology at several television stations across the country. Finally, students have gone on to teaching careers at the elementary, junior high, high school, and community college levels. Many of our meteorology students go on to graduate work at other universities, since with an advanced degree there are increased opportunities for atmosphere and ocean research.
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS IN GEOSCIENCES
Students should be aware of the following Academic Standards Policy which applies to all geology and meteorology majors:
Students who have completed twelve units of required upper division Geoscience courses and have failed to maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) in the major will be disenrolled from the major. Any student who does not meet these standards will not be permitted to enroll in courses designed for the major.
Prospective majors should consult with the Department of Geosciences as early as possible in their university careers. It is particularly recommended that students meet with their adviser before selecting courses in the general education program in order to avoid unnecessary duplication. Students will be advised to complete the basic science requirements before taking upper division courses in geology and will also be advised on the correct sequence of courses in the geology program. All major courses must be taken for a letter grade since CR/NC is not applicable toward the degree.
Courses for these programs are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Geology discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN GEOLOGY
See "Undergraduate Programs in Geosciences" for general information.
Students who are planning admission to graduate school through this program are expected to complete at least one year each of college chemistry, physics, and mathematics. It is also strongly recommended that students take a summer field course in geology.
Units CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5 PHYS 111/112 General Physics I and Laboratory (3-1) or PHYS 220/222 General Physics with Calculus I & Lab (3-1) 4 MATH 220 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 3 Electives in chemistry, physics, and mathematics on advisement to be chosen from CHEM 113/114, PHYS 121, 230, or 240, or MATH 221 3
GEOL 110 Physical Geology 4 GEOL 115 Historical Geology 4 GEOL 420 Mineralogy 4 GEOL 425 Optical Mineralogy 2 GEOL 426 Petrography and Petrology 4 GEOL 430 Structural Geology 4 GEOL 440 Paleontology 4 GEOL 460 Stratigraphy 4 GEOL 695 Field Methods in Geology 2
Upper division electives in geology on advisement chosen from courses numbered 400 or higher 5 Total 52
As part of their advanced course work, students will take a summer field mapping course and complete a senior thesis that includes written and oral presentation of a final research report.
Units GEOL 110 Physical Geology 4 GEOL 115 Historical Geology 4 MATH 220 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 3 MATH 221 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 3 MATH 222 Calculus & Analytic Geometry III 3 PHYS 220/222 General Physics w/Calculus I & Laboratory (3-1) and PHYS 240/242 General Physics with Calculus III & Labora- tory (3-1) or PHYS 220/222 General Physics w/Calculus I & Laboratory (3-1) and PHYS 230/232 General Physics with Calculus II & Labora- tory (3-1) 8 CHEM 111 General Chemistry 5 CHEM 113/114 General Chemistry II & Labora- tory (3-2) 5 Total basic science requirements 35
GEOL 420 Mineralogy 4 GEOL 425 Optical Mineralogy 2 GEOL 426 Petrography and Petrology 4 GEOL 430 Structural Geology 4 GEOL 440 Paleontology 4 GEOL 460 Stratigraphy 4 GEOL 695 Field Methods in Geology 2 GEOL 696 Field Geology 5 GEOL 698 Senior Research and Thesis 2 Total geology requirements 31
GEOL 480 Geochemistry or GEOL 485 Geophysics or GEOL 535 Plate Tectonics 3 Additional upper division electives in geology on advisement chosen from courses numbered 400 or higher 9 Total geology electives requirement 12 Total for the major 78
Students should consult with an adviser before enrolling in the major and before planning a course of study. The adviser will help the student select courses beyond those required for the major and which are appropriate for the career goals of the individual.
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Meteorology discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).
Units Mathematics 15 MATH 220 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I* MATH 221 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II MATH 222 Calculus & Analytic Geometry III MATH 223 Calculus & Analytic Geometry IV One of the following on advisement: MATH 245 Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra MATH 340 Introduction to Statistics MATH 374 Advanced Calculus METR 406 Fortran Programming for Meteorologists Physics 8 PHYS 220/222 General Physics w/Calculus I & Laboratory (3-1)* PHYS 230/232 General Physics w/Calculus II & Laboratory (3-1) Chemistry 8 CHEM 111 General Chemistry I with Laboratory (5)* CHEM 113 General Chemistry II Biology 5 BIOL 230 Introductory Biology I* Earth Science 4 METR 401 Introductory Atmospheric Physics History 3 CIS 500 Development of the Earth Sciences*
Meteorology 14 METR 401 Introductory Atmospheric Physics (4)** METR 402 Introductory Atmospheric and Oceanic Dynamics (4) METR 403 Weather Forecasting and Analysis (4) Six additional units from the following, on advisement: METR 203 Basic Weather Chart Analysis (1) METR 404 Air-Ocean Instruments (2) METR 406 Fortran Programming for Meteorologists METR 415 California Weather Analysis METR 420 Meteorology of the Oceans (4) METR 480 Weather Satellite Photo Interpretation (2) METR 502 Advanced Atmospheric and Oceanic Dynamics (4) METR 510 Introductory Cloud Physics (4) METR 603 Weather Chart Discussion (1) METR 695 Internship (1) METR 697 Senior Project (1-3) METR 698 Public Weather Forecasting (1-3) METR 699 Special Study (1) METR 703 Weather Chart (1) METR 710 Advanced Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Dynamics METR 715 Advanced Seminar in Severe Weathers METR 780 Advanced Weather Satellite Analysis Techniques METR 798 Advanced Public Weather Forecasting (1-3) METR 896 Directed Reading in Meteorology PHYS 240/242 General Physics w/Calcu- lus III & Labora- tory (3-1) Total for major 57*Up to twelve units may be double counted for General Education requirements.
**Course completed as part of core.
MINOR IN GEOLOGY
Students should consult with the Department of Geosciences as early as possible in the program in order to be advised on the correct sequences of courses and the selection of elective courses. All courses in the minor must be taken for a letter grade since CR/NC will not be accepted in the program.
Basic Science Units One course in chemistry or physics on advisement 4-5 Basic Geology GEOL 110 Physical Geology 4 GEOL 115 Historical Geology 4 Electives Upper division electives in geology on advisement chosen from courses numbered 400 or higher 12 Total 24-25
Core Units PHYS 220/222 General Physics w/Calculus I and Laboratory (3-1) 4 METR 401 Introductory Atmospheric Physics 4 METR 402 Introductory Atmospheric and Oceanic Dynamics 4 METR 403 Weather Forecasting & Analysis 4 Total 16 Electives Units upon advisement from the following course list and from meteorology courses numbered 404 and higher 7-8 METR 203 Basic Weather Chart Analysis (2) PHYS 240/242 General Physics w/Calcu- lus III & Labora- tory (3-1) Total for minor 23-24
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