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Students will find this program challenging but those who complete
Geology it should find employment easily because of the exceptionally high
quality of the program.
College of Arts and Sciences The Earth Sciences Minor can provide the student with a variety
Department of Earth Sciences of courses in physical geography, oceanography and geology. Such a
minor may form an interesting complement to many different
majors. However, because the requirements are so flexible, students
Bachelor of Science may design a concentration that fits their particular interests or
Earth Sciences Option complements their major.
Geology Option (Single Field Major)
Physical Science Option (Single Field Major)
CSU Dominguez Hills is an ideal site for geological studies. To the
Minor south, lies the rocky peninsula of Palos Verdes where coastal erosion
Earth Science and deposition, landsliding and subsidence can be studied first
hand. To the north, the magnificent San Gabriel Mountains have
Faculty been thrust up against the San Andreas Fault Zone. Field trips are
Brendan McNulty, Department Chair conducted year round to nearby desert and mountain areas where
Rodrick A. Hay, John Keyantash, Ralph H. Saunders, David R. excellent rock exposures facilitate geological investigations in
Sigurdson, Jamie L. Webb volcanism, ore deposits and paleontology. The campus itself is
located on a major Southern California oil field that has been
Staff trapped along the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone.
Virginia Knauss, Department Secretary The student/teacher ratio in this program assures intensive
instruction and individual attention, which includes advising and
Department Office: NSM B-202, (310) 243-3377
counseling. Academic excellence is developed through intensive
training in basic geological subjects, combined with a thorough
Program Description grounding in the physical sciences.
The Earth Science Department offers B.S. degree options in
Geology. Earth scientists and geologists are concerned with the Academic Advisement
history, behavior, and mineral composition of the earth, particularly
Earth Sciences Majors should consult with their advisor prior to
that which provides energy and materials for manufacturing and
registration each semester. Records of the students progress toward
construction. Geologic hazards such as earthquakes, landslides,
the degree are maintained in the Earth Sciences Departmental office.
floods, and volcanic eruptions are studied. Recently, toxic wastes,
migrating in ground water, have become a new challenge for earth Preparation
scientists. An understanding of the processes taking place on our
planet involves more than practical concerns of materials and High school students should take four years of mathematics, four
hazards; the quality of our lives depends on our knowledge of the years of English, one year of chemistry and one year of physics. One
earth for its interpretation, protection, and enjoyment. year of earth science and one year of biology are desirable.
The programs have three objectives: thorough instruction in the Community College transfer students should check with their
fundamental physical sciences; development of skills in observation, community college advisor to identify courses that fulfill lower
writing and oral communication; rigorous training in the basic division requirements in the major. These courses are listed in the
geological skills and subject matter. articulation agreement with CSU Dominguez Hills. Students also
may wish to contact the CSU Dominguez Hills Earth Sciences
Students may pursue either the Geology or the Physical Science department office for assistance in selecting appropriate courses.
Option for which no minor is required. Alternatively, students may
choose the Earth Science Option, which must be taken in conjunc- Career Possibilities
tion with a minor.
A large percentage of geologists are employed in petroleum and
The Earth Sciences Option provides student with courses in mining industries. Other employers include public utility compa-
oceanography, meteorology, geomorphology and mapping as well as nies, educational institutions, and federal, state and local govern-
geology courses. The emphasis on breadth will provide a wide ments. In Southern California, many geologists are employed in
exposure to many areas of the earth sciences. Students complete a verifying the geological safety of construction sites. Increasingly,
minor of their choice along with this major and additional breadth geologists are occupied in solving groundwater pollution and
and communication skills are developed through General Education. resource conservation problems.
The Geology Option prepares students for professional careers as Employment opportunities for the Earth Sciences Option are many
geologists in government or industry. The degree also provides the and varied. Any position that requires a bachelor‘s degree and has
basis for continuation into more advanced work in graduate school applications to the natural sciences, such as land use, energy sources,
since many professional positions require a master’s degree. The or outdoor recreation could be filled by the successful graduate.
Geology Option includes training in structural and stratigraphic These might include positions such as museum curator, assistant to
interpretation, fossil identification, rock and mineral analysis, field the city planner, military or park service officer or environmental
mapping, and geologic report writing. technician. The program prepares students for teaching earth sciences
The Physical Science Option is designed for students seeking in elementary or high school. High school teacher candidates are
careers in teaching physical science in high school. This rigorous required to pass the National Teachers Examination (N.T.E.) in
curriculum provides the student with a solid grounding in the physical science unless they complete the single subject waiver
fundamentals of geology, physics, mathematics and chemistry. program described below. Students should consult with their
advisors in selecting the most appropriate courses to prepare for the
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N.T.E. Alternatively, a student seeking a high school teaching BIO 120. Principles of Biology I (4) and
credential in California may complete the Physical Science Option, BIO 122. Principles of Biology II (4)
which is described below. This program exempts the student from
the N.T.E. when applying for admission to student teaching. NOTE: Completion of the lower division Geology Major requirements is
also acceptable as fulfilling the lower division Earth Science Option
Graduation With Honors
An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with B. Upper Division Requirements (23-24 units)
Honors in Geology provided he or she meets the following criteria: 1. Required Courses (14 units)
1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills; GEO 310. Geomorphology (3)
2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses GEO 315. Meteorology (3)
used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major; EAR 356. Mineralogy (4)
3. Recommendation by the faculty of the Earth Sciences EAR 376. Field Methods of Mapping (3)
EAR 490. Senior Seminar in Earth Sciences (1)
2. Electives: Select courses from the following (9-10 units):
Bachelor of Science in Geology EAR 358. Petrology (4)
EAR 366. Stratigraphy (4)
Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree EAR 370. Oceanography (3)
See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University EAR 386. Structural Geology (4)
Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A EAR 464. Paleontology (3)
minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must EAR 476. Hydrogeology (3)
be upper division. EAR 478. Engineering Geology (3)
Elective Requirements EAR 495. Advanced Topics in Earth Sciences (3,4)
Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed EAR 496. Internship in Earth Sciences (2,3)
below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 or a maximum of 132
GEO 412. Hydrology (3)
GEO 416. Climatology (3)
General Education Requirements (54-60 units)
See the "General Education" requirements in the University Geology Option (72-75 units)
Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on Single field major - no minor required
General Education requirements and course offerings. A. Lower Division Required Courses (35-38 units)
EAR 100. Physical Geology (3)
United States History, Constitution
EAR 101. Physical Geology Laboratory (1)
and American Ideals Requirement (6 units)
See the "United States History, Constitution, and American Ideals" EAR 200. Earth History and Evolution (3)
requirements in the University Catalog. Courses used to satisfy this EAR 201. Earth History Laboratory (1)
requirement do not apply to General Education. CSC 101. Computer Applications for Scientists (2)
CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5)
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
CHE 112. General Chemistry II (5)
See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the
University Catalog. PHY 120. Elements of Physics I (4) and
PHY 122. Elements of Physics II (4) or
Minor Requirements PHY 130. General Physics I (5) and
Students completing this major with the Earth Sciences option PHY 132. General Physics II (5)
will need to complete a minor in another field.
MAT 171. Survey of Calculus for Management
Major Requirements (49-75 units) & Life Science I (4) and
Students must select one of the options listed. The following MAT 131. Elementary Statistics and Probability (3) or
courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all MAT 191. Calculus I (4) and
candidates for this degree. MAT 193. Calculus II (4)
Earth Sciences Option (49-50 units) B. Upper Division Requirements
A. Lower Division Required Courses (26 units) 1. Required Courses (25 units)
EAR 100. Physical Geology (3) EAR 356. Mineralogy (4)
EAR 101. Physical Geology Laboratory (1) EAR 358. Petrology (4)
EAR 200. Earth History and Evolution (3) EAR 366. Stratigraphy (4)
EAR 201. Earth History Laboratory (1) EAR 376. Field Methods of Mapping (3)
CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5) EAR 386. Structural Geology (4)
CHE 112. General Chemistry II (5) EAR 464. Paleontology (3)
PHY 120. Elements of Physics I (4) and EAR 490. Senior Seminar in Earth Sciences (1)
PHY 122. Elements of Physics II (4) or EAR 499. Senior Thesis (2)
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2. Select at least 6 units from the following: B. Upper Division Required Courses (19-20 units)
EAR 476. Hydrogeology (3) EAR 356. Mineralogy (4)
EAR 478. Engineering Geology (3) EAR 358. Petrology (4)
EAR 495. Advanced Topics in Earth Sciences (3, 4) EAR 366. Startigraphy (4)
EAR 496. Internship in Earth Sciences (2, 3) EAR 376. Field Methods of Mapping (3)
CHE 474. Geochemistry (3) [I] CHE 310. Organic Chemistry I (4) and
3. Field Geology Requirement (6 units) CHE 311. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) or
A minimum of six semester units of geologic field mapping CHE 316. Survey of Organic Chemistry (3) and
and report preparation is required for the bachelor’s degree CHE 317. Survey of Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
in Geology. This course, which is normally conducted from
CHE 311. Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) or
a camp in a primitive mountain or desert region, may be
taken as a summer school or extension course at CSU CHE 316. Survey of Organic Chemistry (3) and
Dominguez Hills or at another university. Students should CHE 317. Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
take this course after their junior year, during the
intersemester or summer breaks and should consult with an
advisor at least two semesters prior to taking the course. Minor in Earth Sciences (20 units)
Physical Science Option (55-56 units) The Minor in Earth Sciences requires completion of 20 units.
Single field major - (no minor required) The lower division requirement includes courses which may be used
and Subject Matter Preparation Program to satisfy other university requirements such as General Education
Students may prepare for a career in teaching science at the or the major.
secondary level (junior high or high school) by completing an A. Lower Division Required Courses (8 units)
approved "Subject Matter Preparation Program." Completion of EAR 100. Physical Geology (3)
such a program is the first step in meeting the state requirements for EAR 101. Physical Geology Laboratory (1)
a teaching credential. As the program requirements for the "Subject
Matter Preparation Program" in science have changed recently,
EAR 200. Earth History and Evolution (3)
interested students should consult the departmentally designated EAR 201. Earth History Laboratory (1)
advisor for current information.
B. Upper Division Requirements (12 units)
A. Lower Division Required Courses (36 units) Any 12 units of upper division Earth Sciences (EAR) courses are
EAR 100. Physical Geology (3) sufficient to fulfill this requirement. Alternatively, the student
EAR 101. Physical Geology Laboratory (1) may complete any six units of upper division Earth Sciences
EAR 200. Earth History and Evolution (3) courses with six units selected from the geography courses listed
EAR 201. Earth History Laboratory (1)
GEO 310. Geomorphology (3)
CHE 110. General Chemistry I (5)
GEO 315. Meteorology (3)
CHE 112. General Chemistry II (5)
GEO 412. Hydrology (3)
MAT 191. Calculus I (4)
GEO 416. Climatology (3)
MAT 193. Calculus II (4)
PHY 130. General Physics I (5) [I] = course is infrequently offered
PHY 132. General Physics II (5)
Lower Division EAR 101 Physical Geology Laboratory
Course Offerings EAR 100 Physical Geology (3) FS.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EAR 100
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EAR 101 is recommended.
The credit value for each course in is recommended.
Nature and origin of rocks and minerals
semester units is indicated for each term by Volcanoes, earthquakes, oceanic processes through determination of physical proper-
a number in parentheses following the title. and continental drift. Rock and mineral ties of specimens. Topographic and geologic
Departments may indicate the term in identification is enhanced by concurrent map analysis. Geological features from
enrollment in EAR 101. Meets certain stereoscopic air photos. Recommended
which they expect to offer the course by the
general studies requirements (is fundamen- elective for students interested in the
use of: “F” (fall), “S” (spring) or “EOY” tal to Earth Sciences majors/minors), and
(every other year). outdoors, archaeology, mineral deposits,
has wide-ranging applications in art, land use, and natural hazards.
commerce, public policy, and science.
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EAR 200 Earth History and Evolution EAR 376 Field Methods of Mapping (3) EAR 495 Advanced Topics in Earth
(3) F. F-EOY. Sciences (3,4) S-EOY.
Prerequisites: EAR 100, EAR 101, and concurrent Techniques of preparing base maps with Prerequisite: Senior standing in Earth Sciences or
enrollment in EAR 201 are recommended. transit, tape, plane table and alidade. consent of instructor.
Geological and biological history of the Brunton compass traverse methods. Systematic studies in such topics as optical
earth. Includes development of the geologic Introduction to geologic mapping. Applica- mineralogy, petrography, ore deposits and
time scale, origin of the earth and life, the tions to real estate, anthropology, construc- geophysics. Utilizes specialties of visiting
fossil record and evolution, and plate tion engineering, government agencies or professors where possible. Oriented toward
tectonics. Special emphasis on the geology industries using maps. One hour of lecture development of professional skills through
of North America. Philosophical implica- and six hours of laboratory per week. practical laboratory or field experience.
tions make this a valuable general elective Repeatable course. Two hours of lecture
for all students. EAR 386 Structural Geology and three or six hours of laboratory per
EAR 201 Earth History Laboratory Prerequisites: EAR 100 and EAR 101 are
(1) F. required; EAR 200, EAR 201 are recommended. EAR 496 Internship in Earth
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EAR 200 Mechanics of rock deformation. Interpreta- Sciences (2,3) FS.
is recommended. tion and classification of folds and faults. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Practical laboratory experience in fossil Graphical projections for location of Employment as an assistant or volunteer in
identification. Life history, form, function subsurface features on geologic maps and an earth sciences-related firm or govern-
and evolution of animals and plants cross sections. Use of stereonet. Plate ment agency. Course may run at time
important in the fossil record. Interpretation tectonic implications. Two hours of lecture convenient to student and employers,
of geologic maps and stratigraphic and six hours of laboratory per week. including summer. Student should contact
correlation of sedimentary rocks. Three Department faculty three months prior to
hours of laboratory per week. EAR 464 Paleontology (3) S-EOY.
enrollment. CR/NC grading. Repeatable
Prerequisites: EAR 200 and EAR 201. course.
Upper Division Reviews the principles of paleontology,
EAR 356 Mineralogy (4) F-EOY. including biology (modes of life, growth, EAR 498 Directed Research
reproduction), morphology, phylogeny and (1-3) FS.
Prerequisites: EAR 100, EAR 101 and CHE 110
are required; CHE 112 is recommended. classification, evolution, paleoecology, and Prerequisite: Senior standing is recommended.
biogeography. Lab: identification of fossils Laboratory, library or field research
Systematic study of the most common rock
and application to stratigraphy. Emphasis is investigations intended to produce new and
forming and ore minerals. Classification of
on invertebrate fossils. Two hours of lecture original information in the Earth Sciences.
crystals through determination of symme-
and three hours of laboratory per week. Conducted independently but with the
try of crystal faces. Emphasis is on the
identification of minerals by physical general guidance of appropriate faculty.
EAR 476 Hydrogeology (3) S-EOY.
properties and qualitative chemical analysis. CR/NC grading. Repeatable course.
Prerequisites: CHE 110, EAR 100 and EAR 101
Two hours of lecture and six hours of EAR 499 Senior Thesis (2) FS.
laboratory per week. Interrelationships of geologic materials and
processes with water. Topics include: Prerequisites: Approval of instructor.
EAR 358 Petrology (4) S-EOY. hydrologic cycle, physical characteristics of Geological research and writing of a thesis.
Prerequisite: EAR 356. aquifers, groundwater flow, wells, geology of Generally includes library, field and
flow systems, groundwater chemistry, and laboratory investigations. Topic of research
Origin, occurrence and classification of
criteria for development and management to be approved and directed by an
igneous and metamorphic rocks. Phase
of water resources. Two hours of lecture and instructor. CR/NC grading.
equilibria, binary and ternary diagrams,
three hours of laboratory per week.
significance of outcrop features. Develop-
ment of skills in describing and interpreting Infrequently Offered Courses
EAR 490 Senior Seminar in Earth
hand specimens. Field trips. Two hours of Sciences (1) S. The following courses are scheduled on
lecture and six hours of laboratory per Prerequisite: Senior standing in Earth Sciences or a "demand" basis. Students should consult
week. consent of instructor. the department office for information about
EAR 366 Stratigraphy (4) S-EOY. Study and discussion of current research in the next schedule offering.
Prerequisites: EAR 200 and EAR 201 are Earth Sciences. Seminar topics of concen- EAR 478 Engineering Geology
required; EAR 356 and EAR 358 are recom- tration include: Geological Dating Tech- (3) S-EOY.
mended. niques, Evolution and the Fossil Record, Prerequisite: EAR 386.
Interpretation of sedimentary environments and Geology of the Pleistocene and Man.
Techniques of oral presentation, library Evaluation and abatement of geologic
through the study of bedding, grain size, hazards affecting construction projects and
fossils and sedimentary structures. Includes research and preparation of audiovisual
materials. One hour of seminar per week. land use. Landslides, groundwater pollu-
correlation and stratigraphic columns. tion, subsidence, flooding, and earthquake
Hand specimen and field analysis of EAR 494 Independent Study effects. Mechanical properties of rocks and
sedimentary rocks. Has applications to (1-3) FS. soils. Case histories and site investigations.
geography, anthropology, biology, and Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Application to business, law, construction
oceanography. Two hours of lecture and six engineering and environmental studies.
hours of laboratory per week. Laboratory, library or field exercises to
Two hours of lecture and three hours of
develop knowledge and skills in areas of
EAR 370 Oceanography (3) F-EOY. laboratory per week.
special interest to the student. May include
Prerequisite: EAR 100 is recommended. guided field trips when offered. CR/NC
grading. Repeatable course.
Physical and chemical characteristics of
seawater. Distribution of temperatures and
salinity. Study of currents, tides, waves and
the influence of the sea on weather and on
life. Of interest to students as a general