Transfer Students

Faculty and students hiking up steep rock formation; one student crouching, staring at rock.

"When you're out hiking, you can look at plants and animals, lakes or oceans, the sky, the rocks...well, the rocks have always interested me." – Jason Mayfield

Information for Students Transferring from California Community Colleges

The UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences department welcomes prospective transfer students from the California Community College system. We also recognize the difficulties some of you might encounter in completing our undergraduate degree program in two years. Many of our courses are only offered once a year, and careful planning is needed to complete the degree requirements. The following information is provided for your convenience, but is not meant to replace a consultation with one of our undergraduate advisers.

Prior to transferring into the Bachelor of Science degree program in geology at UC Davis, we strongly recommend that community college students complete:

  • one year of Calculus (MAT 21A-B-C),
  • Vector Calculus and Linear Algebra (MAT 21D-22A) - optional,
  • one year of Chemistry (CHE 2A-B-C),
  • one year of Physics (PHY 7A-B-C or 9A-B-C),
  • Physical Geology with Laboratory (GEL 50, 50L),
  • Historical Geology with Laboratory (GEL 3, 3L)

The geology courses are designed to build on the basic foundation of the Math, Chemistry and Physics classes.Those who transfer without completion of these classes will not only have difficulty scheduling all of their classes, but will also be disadvantaged by trying to simultaneously complete their lower division science requirements and their upper division geology requirements. Conversely, those who transfer with all or most of their basic science prerequisites already completed generally have the time to pursue an independent research project (i.e. GEL 194A and B) during their senior year (which would count as 6 units of upper division electives.)

Typical schedules for transfer students who have completed the classes listed above prior to transferring to UC Davis are shown below. The courses shown are only offered once a year in the quarter listed, and some classes are prerequisites for classes that follow, so there is limited flexibility in the schedule. Consequently, not taking a course in the following sequence may potentially require that you spend an extra year in school to complete the graduation requirements. We encourage students to take the summer field course as soon as they have completed all of the prerequisite classes, and we encourage our best students to get involved in research projects that will lead to a Senior thesis. The first schedule (Transfer Option 1) has the advantage of placing summer field in the Junior year allowing more time in the senior year to concentrate on upper division classes in the area of the students interest, as well as providing a good opportunity for completion of a senior thesis. The disadvantage of this schedule is that the core petrology courses are taken in the senior year after completion of summer field. It is therefore difficult to do a senior thesis if your interest is in hard rock petrology. The second alternative (Transfer Option 2) may be preferable for student who wish to emphasize hard rock petrology as there is more flexibility in the senior year for pursuing upper division electives or a senior thesis in petrology. Students completing summer field in their Senior year are still able to attend the graduation ceremony at the end of spring quarter even though their degree will be granted following completion of summer field.

The information here is provided for your convenience; classes are subject to change. Please speak with a geology major advisor for the latest information on a geology major study plan.

last updated 6/27/2017

Transfer Option 1: Field Geology in the Summer between Junior and Senior Years

Academic Year

Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

Summer

Junior

units (15)

  • Geology 60 - Earth Materials (4)
  • Upper Division - GEL Elective 1 (3)
  • Electives (8)

units (15)

  • Geology 101 - Earth Dynamics II: Convergent and Collisional Processes (3)
  • Geology 101L - Earth Dynamics II: Convergent and Collisional Processes (2)
  • Geology 109 - Earth History: Sediments and Strata (2)
  • Geology 109L - Earth History: Sediments and Strata Lab (2)
  • Electives (6)

units (15)

  • Geology 103 - Field Geology (3)
  • Geology 107 - Earth History: Paleobiology (3)
  • GEL 107L - Earth History: Paleobiology (2)
  • Electives (7)

units (8)

GEL 110 - Summer Field Geology (8)

Senior

units (15)

  • GEL 62 - Optical Mineralogy (2)
  • Geology 108 - Earth History: Paleoclimates (3)
  • STA 102 - Intro. to Probability Modeling and Statistical Inference (4)
  • Upper Division - GEL Elective 2 (3)
  • Electives (3)

units (15)

  • Geology 105 - Earth Materials: Igneous Rocks (4)
  • Upper Division - GEL Elective 3 (3)
  • Upper Division - GEL Elective 4 or Senior thesis (3)
  • Electives (5)

units (15)

  • Geology 106 - Earth Materials: Metamorphic Rocks (4)
  • Upper Division GEL Elective 5 or Senior thesis (3)
  • Electives (8)

Transfer Option 2: Field Geology in the Summer after Senior Year

Academic Year

Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

Summer

Junior

units (15)

  • Geology 60 - Earth Materials (4)
  • GEL 62 - Optical Mineralogy (2)
  • Geology 108 - Earth History: Paleoclimates (3)
  • STA 102 - Intro. to Probability Modeling and Statistical Inference (4)
  • Electives (2)

units (14)

  • Geology 105 - Earth Materials: Igneous Rocks (4)
  • Geology 109 - Earth History: Sediments and Strata (2)
  • Geology 109L - Earth History: Sediments and Strata Lab (2)
  • Electives (6)

units (15)

  • Geology 106 - Earth Materials: Metamorphic Rocks (4)
  • Geology 107 - Earth History: Paleobiology (3)
  • GEL 107L - Earth History: Paleobiology (2)
  • Electives (6)


Senior

units (15)

  • Upper Division - GEL Elective 1 (3)
  • Upper Division - GEL Elective 2 (3)
  • Electives (9)

units (15)

  • Geology 101 - Earth Dynamics II: Convergent and Collisional Processes (3)
  • Geology 101L - Earth Dynamics II: Convergent and Collisional Processes (2)
  • Upper Division - GEL Elective 3 (3)
  • Electives (7)

units (15)

  •  Geology 103 - Field Geology (3)
  • Upper Division - GEL Elective 4 or Senior thesis (3)
  • Upper Division GEL Elective 5 or Senior thesis (3)
  • Electives (6)

units (8)

  • GEL 110 - Summer Field Geology (8)