Geology Department

BS - Geology

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions area in the Policy and Procedures section of this catalog to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements35
Core Lower Division General Education21
Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major21
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
CHEM 001B. General ChemistryB1+B35
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
Complete one sequence from:
Fundamentals Sequence
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
General Physics Sequence
PHYS 050. General Physics/MechanicsB1+B34
PHYS 051. General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismB1+B34
Requirements of the Major52
Core Courses30-32
GEOL 001. General GeologyB1+B34
GEOL 007. Earth, Time and LifeB1+B34
GEOL 028. Geology Outdoors1
GEOL 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
GEOL 120. Fundamentals of Mineralogy3
GEOL 122. Petrology4
GEOL 124. Sedimentology and StratigraphyR3
GEOL 125. Structural Geology4
GEOL 129A. Introductory Field Geology2
Complete one course from:
GEOL 129B. Advanced Field Geology4
GEOL 129C. Intermediate Field Geology2
Geology Electives20-22
Complete twenty-four units from:
GEOL 127. Tectonics3
GEOL 130. Marine Geology4
GEOL 134. Geomorphology4
GEOL 135. Geochemistry4
GEOL 137. Introduction to GPS/GIS for Geologic Applications4
GEOL 138. Hydrogeology4
GEOL 140. Principles of Engineering Geology4
GEOL 142. Paleontology4
GEOL 143. Active Tectonics4
GEOL 147. Introduction to Applied Geophysics4
GEOL 174. Hazardous Materials3
MS 141. Geological Oceanography4
University Electives12
MATH 031 recommended for graduate school or technical careers

Total Units:120