Geology, B.S.


Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Geology Major

1. Major requirements (51 units)
Lower-division requirements: EES 1, 2, 12, and 30 (13 units)
Upper-division requirements: EES 100, 101, 102, 104W, 106, 107, 178, 199; two of the following: EES 105, 110, 122; one of the following: EES 114, 117, 118, 124 (35 units)
Upper-division geology elective (see Note 2) (3 units)

Additional requirements (22 units)
CHEM 1A, 1AL, 1B, 1BL; MATH 75; PHYS 2A, 2B or PHYS 4A, 4AL, 4B and 4BL

2. General Education requirements (49 units)*

3. Other requirements (9 units)*
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. Note: Geology majors take EES 104W to fulfill the Upper-Division Writing requirement.

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor

5. Total units (120)*

* G.E. courses can be double-counted with major requirements. Of the 49 required General Education units, 10 units of G.E. will be satisfied by the following courses: 4 units of CHEM 1A/1AL in G.E. Breadth B1, 3 units of MATH 75 in G.E. Foundation B4, and EES 102 GE Area IB. Consult the department chair or advisor for details. 

 Advising Notes

  1. "Additional requirements" courses may be applied to satisfy requirements of a minor, as
    appropriate. They also may be taken CR/NC (see Credit/No Credit Grading).
  2. No more than 1 unit of EES 160 may be used to fulfill the upper-division elective requirement. EES 154, 155, and 168 are not applicable toward geology major requirements.
  3. CR/NC is not permitted in the geology major with the exception of EES 3.
  4. No more than 1 unit of EES 3 will be permitted.
  5. Elective units may be used toward a double major or minor (see double major or departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.
  6. Students planning to pursue graduate study in geology are strongly encouraged to take MATH 76 or EES 177.

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B.S. in Geology

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Geology is an interdisciplinary discipline, integrating principles of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics, as well as quantitative and critical thinking skills, to address geological and environmental challenges. 

Coursework and research emphasizes field and laboratory investigations of the environment and its geological context and history Our field orientation takes advantage of the university's proximity to the Sierra Nevadas, the California Coast Ranges, coastal California, and the desert provinces. Our unique location gives faculty and students access to an unparalleled outdoor laboratory, all within short trips from the university.

The department's close relationship with state agencies and the private sector enables many students to pursue internships or part-time employment in geologic and environmental work while they complete their degrees.

What You Can Earn

Geologist I
$61,000 (in this region)

Petroleum Geologist II
$94,000 (in this region)

Environmental Consultant (entry-level)
$65,000 (in this region)

Environmental Manager
$101,507 (in this region)

Air Quality Specialist
$60,000-84,000 (CA State Position, this region)

Source: Qualified job postings as of February 2021

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Natural Disasters and Earth Resources
  • Geochemistry
  • Sedimentology
  • Environmental Sampling

What You Can Learn

  • Applied skills for employment in the wide variety of career paths (policy, planning, governmental monitoring, restoration, consulting, petroleum etc.)
  • Quantitative approaches and solutions to environmental challenges 
  • Improve critical thinking skills and their application to scientific questions and approaches

About the College

The College of Science and Mathematics provides professional training at the undergraduate and graduate levels to serve as a foundation for a career in science or mathematics, to provide preprofessional training in preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other professions or for continued study at the graduate level.

College Contact Info

The office of the Dean is located in Science II, Room 301.
Telephone: (559) 278-3936

Department Contact Information

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
2576 East San Ramon Ave. M/S ST24
Fresno, CA 93740, USA

Department Location: Science II, 114

Phone: 559-278-3086 | Fax : 559-278-5980