The Fundamentals of Geology (FG) Exam for the California Professional Geologist License is undergoing review which, if approved, would now require 4.5 units worth of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation. Our GEL 109/109L: Sediments and Strata classes are together worth 4 units. Many are wondering how to make up additional units in this area.
When students apply for the FG Exam, their coursework is evaluated in order to determine if they’ve met these and other unit requirements. The California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG) is not able to guarantee any kind of pre-approval for courses to count. The advice is to talk with your faculty advisors to determine if your choice in courses fits into the definition of Stratigraphy and Sedimentation. You may have to demonstrate to BPELSG how your course fits into this definition.
DRAFT definition: "'Stratigraphy and Sedimentation' must include a minimum of 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours of instruction in the identification and interpretation of sedimentary rocks, sedimentary processes and structures, application of stratigraphic and dating methods, identifying the impact of climate and geologic processes on depositional patterns, and facies analysis.”
Some of these classes might be:
- GEL 142: Basin Analysis (offered Fall 2019 with Dr. Dawn Sumner)
- A Geomorphology class (GEL 136 and 140 won’t be offered in 2019-2020)
- A Soil Science class
- Research done in Sed/Strat
For anyone who hasn’t taken GEL 109 and 109L yet, it will be worth 5 units next time it’s offered in Spring 2020.