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Geological Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

Geoscience Concentration

Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Geosciences (code 182)

The Geosciences Concentration meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Geosciences. Prospective students should consult the Single Subject Science Education Advisor in the Department of Science Education early to plan their program.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective Geoscience teachers are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete many of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be started as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures.

The Geosciences Subject Matter Program is being revised to meet new state standards. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.


Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following
    • ASTR 100 Astronomy (3)
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology and Physiology (4)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    • GEOL 102 General Geology (3)
    • GEOL 104 Geology Laboratory (1)
    • GEOL 160 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
    • GEOL 273 Computer & Statistical Methods in Geology (4)
      • NOTE: BIOL 111, 111L, 212, 212L, 213, 213L are required if courses were taken prior to catalog year 2010-11.

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following
    • GEOL 341 Paleontology and Biostratigraphy (4)
    • GEOL 428 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and Petrography (4)
    • GEOL 433 Structural Geology (4)
    • GEOL 443 Stratigraphy/Sedimentology (4)
    • GEOL 450 Summer Field Geology (4)
    • SCED 403 Integrated Science (3)