Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences / Undergraduate Study

Geology BS

Capstone Major

Learning Outcomes

The Geology major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Use of skills and knowledge set from coursework
  • Definition of research methodology and data
  • Placement of project into context of current state of understanding
  • Completion of research project from conception to written report
  • Oral presentation at a research symposium, or brief published report, of field experience results

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 5A and 5B. 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.