Undergraduate Requirements: Geobiology Option

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Under the geobiology option a student can be associated with either biology or GPS. This association formally will only affect which course the students elect to satisfy the Institute-wide oral presentation requirement; all other geobiology option requirements are independent of GPS or biology affiliation. In practice, however, we expect a student's affiliation with one division or another will significantly shape their choice of elective courses.

  1. Ge 11 abc, Ge/Ay 11 c, Ge 109, and a science writing course.1
  2. Ma 2 and one choice from: Ma 3, Bi/CNS/NB 195, Ge/ESE 118 or Ge/Ay 117.
  3. Ph 2 a or Ph 12 a plus an additional quarter of sophomore-level physics (Ph 2 b, 2 c, 12 b, or 12 c).
  4. Ch 41 abc and Bi/Ch 110.
  5. Bi 8-10, 117, 122.
  6. Two of ESE/Bi 166, ESE/Bi 168, or Ge/ESE 170.
  7. Ge 112.
  8. 9 units of geobiology electives from the following list: Bi 123, Bi 180, Ch 4 a, Ch 15, Ge 120 ab, Ch 7, Ch 8, Ge/ESE 143, or Ge 124 ab.
  9. 27 units of geobiology electives in geology, biology, chemistry, and/or environmental engineering to be chosen in consultation with adviser, most likely from the list on 8 (above) or from the following list: Ge 11 d, 40, 41 abc, 106, 114, 115 ab, 116, 120 ab, 121 ab, 124 ab, 140 ab, Ge/ESE 149, Ge/Bi 244, 246, BMB/Bi/Ch 170, Bi 22, 24, 90 abc, Bi/Ge 105, Bi/Ch 111,113, Bi 115, 123, Bi/CNS 150, Bi 152, Bi/CNS 158, Bi 180,182,188,190,204, Bi/CNS 216, ESE/Bi 168, ESE/Ch 175,176, ESE 101-103, ESE/Ge/Ch 171,172, Ch 4 ab, 5 ab, 7, 14, 15,21 abc, 24, 25, 102, 112, 145, 146, 154 ab, 212.

1For example, Bi 24, E 11, or En/Wr 84

Typical course schedules are given for information only; in many cases is it possible to take courses in different years or in a different order.

Typical Course Schedule

Units per term

 

1st

 2nd

 3rd

Second Year

Ge 11 ab, Ge/Ay 11 cIntroduction to Earth and Planetary Science 
 Scientific Writing Tutorial   
Ge 109 Oral Presentation   
Bi 8 Introduction to Molecular Biology   
Bi 9 Cell Biology   
Bi 10 Cell Biology Laboratory   
Ph 2 a & cSophomore Physics  9
Ma 2 & otherSophomore Mathematics 9 
 HSS electives

 

Total units:

36

36

48

Third Year

Ch 41 abcOrganic Chemistry 
ESE/Bi 166 Microbial Physiology   
Ge/ESE 170 Microbial Ecology   
 Geobiology electives 
 HSS electives 
 

Total units:

36

27

36

Fourth Year

Bi/Ch 110Introduction to Biochemistry 12   
Bi 117 Developmental Biology   
Bi 122 Genetics   
Ge 112 Sedimentology and  Stratigraphy 12   
 Geobiology electives 918
 HSS electives
 

Total units:

42

27

27

Passing grades must be earned in a total of 486 units, including courses listed above. Any student whose grade-point average in science and mathematics courses is less than 1.9 at the end of an academic year may be refused permission to register in the geological and planetary science options.

For more information

For more information, visit the geobiology program website or contact option representative Alex Sessions.