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Ideal Geology Major Study Plans

The information here is provided for your convenience; classes are subject to change. Please speak with a Geology major advisors for the latest information on a geology major study plan. These are just major classes, so be sure to check MyDegree.ucdavis.edu for any additional degree requirements, including General Education and your College English Composition Requirement (UWP 104E is recommended).


Classes in italics must stay in the quarter they’re listed, although not necessarily in the year listed.

The following classes are recommended for those who intend to pursue graduate degrees but are not necessarily required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Geology: MAT 21D, MAT 22A, MAT 22B, PHY 9D

2018-2019 GEL Upper Division Electives list:
The upper division electives are not restricted to geology courses but must be chosen to provide a relevant, coherent, and in-depth program of study.

  • Additional upper division electives chosen from GEL 130–194 courses
  • Only one of GEL/EDU 181 or GEL/EDU 183 may be applied toward elective credit
  • No more than 3 units upper division elective credit for GEL 115–120 courses
  • Maximum of 6 units upper division elective credit for GEL 192 (internships) or 194A-194B or 194HA-194HB (senior thesis)
  • Preapproved electives outside of Geology:
    • ECI 171+171L – Soil Mechanics (5)
    • ECI 175 – Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (4)
    • ESM 100 – Principles of Hydrologic Science (4)
    • ESM 186/186L – Environmental Remote Sensing (3) Lab (2)
    • ESP 152 - Coastal Oceanography (3)
    • HYD 144 – Groundwater Hydrology (4)
    • HYD 146/GEL 156 – Hydrogeology and Contaminant Transport (5)
    • LDA 150/ABT 150 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)
    • SSC 100 – Principles of Soil Science (5)
    • WFC 102+102L – Ecogeomorphology (1 unit) / Lab (6 units)
    • Cross-enrollment online class at UCLA: Geography 168 – Intermediate GIS (4 units)
      (this course counts as UC Davis’ LDA/ABT 150, so students cannot take both)
    • And related fields approved in advance by major advisor

Electives: 2018-2019 | 2017-2018 (pdf)
Ideal GEL Major Study Plans 2018 (pdf)

Ideal GEL Major: Freshman and Sophomore

Freshman

  • Fall Quarter Total: 9 units
    • Math 21A: Calculus (4)
    • Chemistry 2A: General Chemistry (5)
  • Winter Quarter Total: 14 units
    • Math 21B: Calculus (4)
    • Chemistry 2B: General Chemistry (5)
    • Geology 50: Physical Geology (3)
    • Geology 50L: Physical Geology Lab (2)
  • Spring Quarter Total: 7-10 units
    • Math 21C: Calculus (4)
    • Chemistry 2C or GEL 132 or HYD 134 (3-6)

Sophomore

  • Fall Quarter Total: 8-9 units
    • Math 21D: Vector Analysis (4)
    • Physics 7A or 9A: Physics (4-5)
  • Winter Quarter Total: 11-12 units
    • Math 22A: Linear Algebra (3)
    • Physics 7B or 9B: Physics (4-5)
    • Geology 3: History of Life (3)
    • Geology 3L: History of Life Lab (1)
  • Spring Quarter Total: 9-10 units
    • Physics 7C or 9C: Physics (4-5)
    • Geology 107: Paleobiology (3)
    • Geology 107L: Paleobiology Lab (2)

Junior and Senior Option 1

Field Geology in the Summer after Junior Year

Junior - Structure series

  • Fall Quarter Total: 9 units
    • Geology 60: Earth Materials (4)
    • Statistics 32 or 100 (4)
    • Upper Division Geology Elective (3) 
  • Winter Quarter Total: 7 units
    • Geology 101: Structural Geology (3)
    • Geology 101L: Structural Geology Lab (2)
    • Upper Division Geology Elective (3)
  • Spring Quarter Total: 7 units
    • Geology 103: Field Geology (3)
    • Geology 109: Sediments and Strata (2)
    • Geology 109L: Sediments and Strata Lab (2)
  • Summer Total: 8 units
    • Geology 110: Summer Field Geology (8)

SeniorPetrology series

  • Fall Quarter Total: 6 units
    • Geology 62: Optical Mineralogy (2)
    • Upper Division Geology Elective (4)
  • Winter Quarter Total: 10 units
    • Geology 105: Igneous Rocks (4)
    • Upper Division Geology Elective (3)
    • Upper Division Geology Elective (3)
  • Spring Quarter Total: 7 units
    • Geology 106: Metamorphic Rocks (4)
    • Geology 108: Paleoclimates (3)

Junior and Senior Option 2

Field Geology in the Summer after Senior Year

Junior - Petrology series

  • Fall Quarter Total: 10 units
    • Geology 60: Earth Materials (4)
    • Geology 62: Optical Mineralogy (2)
    • Statistics 32 or 100 (4)
  • Winter Quarter Total: 10 units
    • Geology 105: Igneous Rocks (4)
    • Upper Division Geology Elective (3)
    • Upper Division Geology Elective (3)
  • Spring Quarter Total: 7 units
    • Geology 106: Metamorphic Rocks (4)
    • Geology 108: Paleoclimates (3)

Senior - Structure series

  • Fall Quarter Total: 7 units
    • Upper Division Geology Elective (4)
    • Upper Division Geology Elective (3)
  • Winter Quarter Total: 8 units
    • Geology 101: Structural Geology (3)
    • Geology 101L: Structural Geology Lab (2)
    • Upper Division Geology Elective (3)
  • Spring Quarter Total: 7 units
    • Geology 103: Field Geology (3)
    • Geology 109: Sediments and Strata (2)
    • Geology 109L: Sediments and Strata Lab (2)
  • Summer Total: 8 units
    • Geology 110: Summer Field Geology (8)​​​​​​​