Undergraduate Requirements: Geochemistry Option

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  1. Ge 11 ab, Ge/Ay 11 c or Ge 11 d, Ge 109 and science writing course.2
  2. Ma 2 and one choice from: Ma 3, Ge/ESE 118, Ge/Ay 117, Ph 2 c, or Ch 21c.
  3. Ph 2 a or Ph 12 a plus an additional quarter of sophomore-level physics (Ph 2 b, Ph 2 c, Ph 12 b, or Ph 12 c).
  4. Either ACM 95 ab or the combination of a full-year chemistry sequence (Ch 21 abc or Ch 41 abc) plus Ge/ESE 118.
  5. Three courses from the list below:
    Ge 114 ab (counts as one course), Ge 116, Ge 140a, Ge 140b, Ch 41 a, Ch 21 a, ESE/Ge/Ch 171, Ge/ESE 149.
  6. A total of 105 units from this and item 5 that include at least four courses in the Ge-option:
    Ch electives: Ch 4 ab, Ch 6 ab, Ch 8, Ch/ChE 9, Ch 14, Ch 15, Ch 21 bc, Ch 41 bc, Ch 102.
    ChE electives: ChE 63 ab.
    ESE electives: Ge/ESE 143, ESE 103, Ge/ESE 154, ESE/Ge/Ch 172, ESE/Ch 175, ESE/Ch 176.
    Ge electives: Ge 40, Ge 106, Ge 112, Ge 115 abc, Ge 120 ab, Ge/Ch 127, Ge/Ch 128, Ge/Ay 132, Ge 191, Ge 212, Ge 214, Ge 215, Ge 232.
    APh electives: APh 17 abc.
    MS electives: MS 105, MS 125, MS 131, MS 133, MS/ME 161.

1No class may be used to simultaneously satisfy more than one of these requirements.

2For example, E 11, or En/Wr 84.

Typical Course Schedule

Units per term

 

1st

 2nd

 3rd

Second Year

Ge 11 abc Introduction to Earth and Planetary Science999
 Scientific Writing  3
Ge 109Oral Presentation  3
Ph 2 abSophomore Physics99 
Ma 2 a & otherSophomore Mathematics99 
 Geochemistry core or electives999
 HSS electives999
 

Total units

45

45

33

Third Year

ACM 95 abIntro. Methods of Applied Math. 1212
 Geochemistry core or electives181818
 HSS electives999
 

Total units

27

39

39

Fourth Year

 Geochemistry electives999
 HSS electives999
 

Total units

18

18

18

For students beginning their junior year, it is possible to complete the requirements for the geochemistry option within two years, but there are benefits from starting with Ge 11 abc in the sophomore year.

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 geochemistry program website or contact option representativeGeorge Rossman.