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UCLA General Catalog 2016-17

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    Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences

Undergraduate Study

All of the majors offered in the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Department are designated capstone majors. While the specific nature of the capstone experience varies by major, students are required to use skill and knowledge sets from previous coursework to complete a field-based research project from conception to written report. Projects must be placed into context within the current state of understanding, and results are presented at a research symposium or published as a brief report.

Earth and Environmental Science BA

Capstone Major

Preparation for the Major

Required: Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 1, 5 or 8 or 13 or 15 or 16 or 17 or 20, 51, 61; Chemistry and Biochemistry 14A, 14B, and 14BL, or 20A, 20B, and 20L; Life Sciences 1 or another introductory organismic biology course; Mathematics 3A and 3B, or 31A and 31B; Physics 1A or 6A or 6AH. Each course must be passed with a minimum grade of C-.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Earth and Environmental Science major with 90 or more quarter units (60 semester units) must have completed one introductory Earth sciences course, two general chemistry courses with laboratory for majors, and one calculus course. One introductory biology course with laboratory and one calculus-based physics course with laboratory are recommended.

Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Three courses from Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 103A, 103B, 111, 112, 116, 119; one capstone 199 research course in the senior year; three additional upper division courses from Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences other than 100; two courses from Geography 100, 101, 104, 105 and 105A, M107, M109, 110, 124, 125, M127, M131.

Engineering Geology BS

Capstone Major

Preparation for the Major

Required: Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 1, 51, 61; Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L; Civil and Environmental Engineering M20; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 33A; Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL. Recommended: Mathematics 32B. Each course must be passed with a minimum grade of C-.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Engineering Geology major with 90 or more quarter units (60 semester units) must have completed one introductory Earth sciences course, two general chemistry courses with laboratory for majors, and one year of calculus. A second year of calculus is recommended.

Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 103A, 103B, 111, 112, 136A, 139; Civil and Environmental Engineering 108, 120, 121, 150; two capstone field research courses (Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 121, 121F).

Geology BS

Capstone Major

Preparation for the Major

Required: Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 1, 51, 61, 71; Chemistry and Biochemistry 14A, 14B, and 14BL, or 20A, 20B, and 20L; Life Sciences 1; Mathematics 3A, 3B, and 3C, or 31A, 31B, and 32A; Physics 1A, 1B, 4AL, and 4BL, or 6A and 6B. Each course must be passed with a minimum grade of C-.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Geology major with 90 or more quarter units (60 semester units) must have completed one introductory Earth sciences course, one year of calculus, and two general chemistry courses with laboratory for majors.

Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 103A, 103B, 111, 112, M118 (or 136A); two courses from 103C, 116, and 133; two capstone field research courses (121, 121F); two additional 100-level department courses.

Geophysics BS

Capstone Major

Preparation for the Major

Required: Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 51, 61, 71, and one course from 1 (preferred) through 15; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B; Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL. Each course must be passed with a minimum grade of C-.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Geophysics major with 90 or more quarter units (60 semester units) must have completed one introductory Earth sciences course, one general physics course with laboratory for majors, and one year of calculus. A second year of calculus and a second semester of calculus-based physics with laboratory are recommended.

Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required Core: Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 136A, M140, 171, one capstone field research course (136C), one course from 152, 153, 154, 155; Physics 105A, 105B, 110A, 110B, 131. Substitutions of equivalent courses from engineering or other physical sciences departments must be approved by the undergraduate adviser.

At least three courses from one of the following areas are also required: (1) applied geophysics —Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 111, 112, 122, 136B, 150, 152, (2) marine geophysics —courses 119, 122, 136B, 150, 153, (3) planetary geophysics —courses 150, 153, 154, 155, (4) solid earth geophysics —courses 119, 122, 136B, 150, 152, or (5) space physics —Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences C170, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 136B, 154, 155, Physics M122. Any course used to satisfy an area requirement cannot also be applied toward the core requirements listed above.

Honors in Geology or Geophysics

The honors program in geology or geophysics is intended to provide exceptional students an opportunity for advanced research and study under the tutorial guidance of a faculty member. Requirements for admission to candidacy are the same as those required for admission to the Honors Programs of the College of Letters and Science. Qualified students wishing to enter the program must submit a completed application form to the departmental honors committee near the end of their junior year. Honors in geology or geophysics are awarded at graduation to those students who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5, have completed at least 90 graded units at the University of California, and have completed a minimum of two terms (8 units) of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 198 leading to the preparation of a satisfactory honors thesis. Students demonstrating exceptional ability are awarded highest honors.

Earth and Environmental Science Minor

In the Earth and Environmental Science minor students study the interaction of the solid Earth, oceans, and atmosphere with human activities. The minor provides background in Earth sciences that is especially appropriate for students intending to become K through 12 teachers in Earth, physical, or life sciences. It may also be of interest to students who plan careers in business, dentistry, environmental sciences, government, journalism, law, medicine, or public health.

To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

Required Lower Division Courses (8 units): Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 1, one course from 5, 13, 15, or 61.

Required Upper Division Courses (20 units minimum): Five courses from Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 101, 112, C113, 139, 150, 153.

A minimum of 20 upper division units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

Geochemistry Minor

Geochemistry emphasizes use of minerals, magmas, elements, and isotopes to date events, determine rates, and track matter through its cycles in the planets and biosphere. These skills are valuable in environmental and natural-resource work and anthropology, as well as in studying the histories of the planets.

To enter the Geochemistry minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

Required Lower Division Courses (8 units): Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 1, 51.

Required Upper Division Courses (20 to 26 units): Two courses from Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences C106, C107, C109, and three courses from 103A, 103B, 103C, C106 or C107 or C109 (whichever course was not applied above), 152, 153.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

Geology Minor

Geology is the study of the surface of the Earth and the rocks and processes that created it. Field methods, interpretation of rocks, and modern plate-tectonic models are emphasized, with the goals of finding valuable or hazardous materials and inferring geologic history. These skills are valuable in engineering, urban planning, and environmental and resource studies.

To enter the Geology minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

Required Lower Division Courses (8 to 9 units): Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 1, 61.

Required Upper Division Courses (22 units): Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 112, 119, and three courses from C107, 116, 125, 133, 139, 150, 171.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

Geophysics and Planetary Physics Minor

Classical physics, supported by field data, mathematics, and computing, is used to understand diverse processes from ocean circulation and earthquakes to the formation of planets and the flow of particles and electromagnetic fields in space. These skills are valuable in environmental, engineering, and resource studies and more broadly in any kind of career that requires quantitative analysis.

To enter the Geophysics and Planetary Physics minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

Required Lower Division Courses (12 units): Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 1, 8, 9.

Required Upper Division Courses (20 units): Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 136A, 171, and three courses from M140, 152, 153, 154, 155.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.