Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences: Ocean, Weather & Climate Emphasis Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 68           

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
CHEM 100 Preparation for Chemistry 3
or SF State Studies or University Elective if CHEM 115 prerequisites are already satisfied
 
MATH 199 Pre-Calculus 4
or SF State Studies or University Elective if MATH 226 prerequisites are already satisfied
 
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units16
Second Semester
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry 5
MATH 226 Calculus I 4
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
 Units15
Third Semester
PHYS 111
PHYS 112
General Physics I
or General Physics with Calculus I and General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory
4
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) 3
GE Area C: Arts (C1) 3
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
 Units13
Fourth Semester
ERTH 260 Physical Processes in the Atmosphere 4
PHYS 121
PHYS 122
General Physics II
or General Physics with Calculus III and General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory
4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units17
Fifth Semester
ERTH 400 Earth Systems I 3
Major Emphasis – Take Two 3 6-8
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 3
 Units15-17
Sixth Semester
ERTH 205 Techniques in Earth Sciences 2
ERTH 600GW Earth's Climate History - GWAR 3
Major Emphasis Elective – Take Two 4 6
GE Area UD–C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 2
 Units16
Seventh Semester
ERTH 500 Earth Systems II 3
ERTH 505 Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences 3
Major Emphasis – Take Two 3 6-8
GE Area UD–D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units15-17
Eighth Semester
ERTH 690
ERTH 695
Earth Sciences Capstone Presentation
or Undergraduate Research and Senior Thesis
4
Major Emphasis 3 3-4
Major Emphasis Elective – Take Two 4 6
 Units13-14
 Total Units120-125
1

To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE or major.

2

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

3

Major Emphasis Courses
Select five of the following:
ERTH 335 Global Warming (3 units)
or ERTH 360 California Weather Events (3 units)
or ERTH 365 Extreme Weather in a Warming World (3 units)
ERTH 430 Fluid Dynamics in Earth Systems (3 units)
ERTH 434 Coastal Processes (3 units)
ERTH 465 Weather Analysis and Forecasting I (4 units)
ERTH 470 Physical Oceanography (4 units)
ERTH 535 Planetary Climate Change (4 units)
MATH 227 Calculus II (4 units)

4

Major Emphasis Elective
Additional Ocean, Weather, and Climate emphasis electives, selected upon advisement, needed to reach 34 units. (May include courses from the list above not selected to meet emphasis requirements)