B.A. Earth Science

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This major provides broad background in the Earth sciences and a foundation for taking the relevant California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET), which​ is required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to verify subject matter competency in the Earth and Space Sciences. Students interested in teaching science in high school or middle school should take the specified elective courses (consult with the Undergraduate Advisor as needed).

Students interested in becoming teachers must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See SJSU's Secondary Education homepage for information on application and admission to credential programs.

The following is a general outline of the course requirements for the B.A. in Earth Science degree.  For specific questions, please contact the department's Undergraduate Advisor.

 

University Course Requirements         

Units

General Education Requirements- Includes "Core GE" (lower division) and "SJSU Studies" (upper division) 51
  • Core GE
39
  • SJSU Studies
12
Of the 51 units required by the university, 15 may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult undergraduate advisor for details.  
See info.sjsu.edu for a listing of General Education courses.  
   
American Institutions 6
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.  
See info.sjsu.edu for a listing of American Institutions courses.  
   
Physical Education 2
See info.sjsu.edu for a listing of Physical Education courses.  

  

Major-Specific Course Requirements            

Units

Preparation for the Major  32
  • ASTR 101 and ASTR 102- Modern Astronomy and Astronomy Lab
6
  • CHEM 001A and CHEM 001B- General Chemistry
10
  • MATH 019- Precalculus
5

Complete one of the following:

  • METR 112- Global Climate Changes
  • METR 113- Atmospheric Pollution

 

3

Complete one sequence:

  • PHYS 002A and PHYS 002B- Fundamentals of Physics
  • PHYS 050 and PHYS 051- General Physics

 

8

   

Requirements of the Major

 

Core Courses

16
  • GEOL 003- Planet Earth
4
  • GEOL 004L- Planet Earth Laboratory
1
  • GEOL 007- Earth, Time and Life
4
  • GEOL 028- Geology Outdoors
1
  • GEOL 100W- Writing Workshop (or equivalent)
3
  • GEOL 105- General Oceanography
3
   
Geology Electives- Complete 3 courses from the following: 10-12
  • GEOL 120- Fundamentals of Mineralogy
3
  • GEOL 122- Petrology
4
  • GEOL 124- Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
3
  • GEOL 125- Structural Geology
4
  • GEOL 134- Geomorphology
4
  • GEOL 137- Introduction to GPS/GIS for Geologic Applications
4
   
University Electives 24-25
 Other university courses approved by the undergraduate advisor.  
 Teaching Candidates should take:  
  • CHEM 120S- Chemical Safety Seminar
1
  • BIOL 020- Ecological Biology
3
  • BIOL 021- Human Biology
3