Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences: Ocean, Weather and Climate Emphasis - GEOL Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AS-T in Geology. Twenty-six units in the major (CHEM 115/CHEM 215/CHEM 216, ERTH 500, MATH 226, MATH 227, 5 elective units) and all lower-division GE requirements have been satisfied. Additional units in the major may have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ERTH 205 Techniques in Earth Sciences (Major Core) 2
ERTH 400 Earth Systems I (Major Core) 3
Select One Set of Courses (Science and Math Foundation): 1 4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory (B1, B3)
 
General Physics with Calculus I
and General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory (B1, B3)
 
Ocean, Weather, and Climate Emphasis Requirement – Select One: 3
Global Warming (UD-B, ES, GP)  
California Weather Events (UD-B, ES, GP)  
Extreme Weather in a Warming World (UD-B, ES, GP)  
University Elective 3
 Units15
Second Semester
ERTH 260 Physical Processes in the Atmosphere (Major Emphasis, B1, B3, ES, GP) 4
ERTH 505 Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences (Major Core) 3
ERTH 600GW Earth's Climate History - GWAR (Major Core) 3
Select One Set of Courses (Science and Math Foundation): 1 4
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
 
General Physics with Calculus III
and General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory
 
 Units14
Third Semester
Ocean, Weather, and Climate Emphasis Requirement – Take Two 2 6
ERTH 697 Undergraduate Research (Major Culminating Experience) 2
or University Elective 3
 
Ocean, Weather, and Climate Emphasis Elective (2 units) 4 2
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
 
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
 Units16
Fourth Semester
Ocean, Weather, and Climate Emphasis Requirement – Take One 2 3
ERTH 690 Earth Sciences Capstone Presentation (Major Culminating Experience) 1
Major Culminating Experience - Select One: 2-3
Senior Project  
Senior Thesis  
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met in transfer
 
University Elective 3
 Units15-16
 Total Units60-61

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9-15 Units

  • American Institutions (0-6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer.
  • Upper-Division GE (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • Students transferring with the AS-T in Geology are not required to fulfill SF State Studies or Complementary Studies requirements.

Earth Sciences Major (Emphasis in Ocean, Weather, and Climate): 41-44 Units

CHEM 115, MATH 226, MATH 227, ERTH 500, and 10 units of Ocean, Weather, and Climate emphasis electives (5 units of CHEM 215/CHEM 216, 1 unit of 4 units of Historical Geology, and 4 units of Physical Geology in the Geology AS-T) met in transfer.

  • Basic Science & Math Foundation (8 units in PHYS): If some or all PHYS completed before transfer, consult with a major advisor about appropriate course choices.
  • Earth Sciences Core/GWAR (11 units): Three of the 4 units of Historical Geology in the AS-T substitute for ERTH 500.
  • Ocean, Weather, and Climate Emphasis (17-18 units): Four units of Calculus II in the Geology AS-T count toward the Emphasis requirements.
  • Electives (1-2 units): Five units of CHEM 215/CHEM 216, 1 unit of 4 units of Historical Geology, and 4 units of Physical Geology in the Geology AS-T satisfy 10 units of the 11-12-unit elective requirement.
  • Culminating Experience (4-5 units): Take ERTH 690 (1 unit) along with one of the following two options: Senior Honors Thesis (ERTH 697/ERTH 698 (2 units each), or Senior Project (ERTH 695, 3 units).

University Electives: 3 or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, Culminating Experience option selected, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g., UD GE and the major.