May 28, 2023
A sound foundation in physical, chemical, geological and quantitative sciences as a basis for understanding the hydrologic cycle and managing water resources.
NOTE: Because of the significant amount of common interdisciplinary coursework, students having their major within the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering may not also have a minor from within the Department.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- demonstrate competence in oral and written communication skills including the ability to write and present independent research, and the ability to read and critically evaluate relevant geological literature.
- demonstrate critical thinking and reasoning as part of their professional skills.
Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno
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- Total Units | 120
- Cumulative GPA | 2.0
- University GPA | 2.0
- Major GPA | 2.0
- Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
- Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
- Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
- Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units
I. Core General Education Requirements (26-29 units)
NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy ”.
Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.
A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3
B. Quantitative Reasoning (3 units minimum) - CO2
C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L
D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6
E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .
F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog
II. Additional Core Requirements (9 units maximum)
Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9
The following courses count in the Major Requirement:
B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses .
C. Global Context Course - CO11
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11 courses .
D. Ethics Course - CO12
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO12 courses .
E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13
F. Application Course - CO14
III. Additional Requirements (0 units)
IV. Major Requirements (80-81 units)
All geology, geophysics, geological engineering and hydrogeology major courses and electives having GEOL, GPH, or GE prefixes must be passed with a grade of “C” or greater; “C-” or lower is not acceptable.
A. Hydrogeology Core (39-41 units)
B. Geological Engineering (6 units)
C. Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences (3 units)
D. Mathematics (12 units)
E. Chemistry and Physics (8 units)
F. Professional Electives (12 units)
V. Minor Requirements (0 units)
VI. Electives (0-5 units)
VII. Recommended Schedule
Spring Semester (15 units)
Spring Semester (15 units)
Spring Semester (14 units)
Summer Semester (3-6 units)
Fall Semester (12-15 units)
Spring Semester (12 units)
- Global Context Course (3 units) CO11
- Professional Elective (9 units)