Earth Sciences BS and Geosciences SF Scholars Roadmap

The San Francisco State Scholars program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree. Students in this program pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterUnits
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry (Major Science and Math Foundation) 5
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
MATH 226 Calculus I (Major Science and Math Foundation, B4) 2 4
GE Area A 3 3
 Units15
Spring Semester
MATH 227 Calculus II (if selecting PHYS 220/PHYS 222) 4
 
Select One Set of Courses (Major Science and Math Foundation): 4 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)
 
GE Area A 3
GE Area E 3
 Units14
Second Year
Fall Semester
ERTH 400 Earth Systems I (Major Core) 3
Select One Set of Courses (Major Math and Science Foundation): 4 4
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
 
General Physics with Calculus III
and General Physics with Calculus III Laboratory
 
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) 3
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
 Units16
Spring Semester
ERTH 500 Earth Systems II (Major Core) 3
Major Emphasis (34 units) 5 3-4
GE Area C - Take Two 6
GE Area D 3
 Units15-16
Third Year
Fall Semester
ERTH 205 Techniques in Earth Sciences (Major Core) 2
Major Emphasis (34 units) - Take Two 5 6-8
GE Area D 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units14-16
Spring Semester
ERTH 500 Earth Systems II (Major Core) 3
Major Emphasis (34 units) - Take Two 5 6-8
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units15-17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
ERTH 700 Graduate Seminar in Geosciences (Graduate Core) 2
Major Emphasis (34 units) - Take Three 5 9-12
Culminating Experience 6 3-4
 Units14-18
Spring Semester
ERTH 600GW Earth's Climate History - GWAR (Major Core) 3
ERTH 690 Earth Sciences Capstone Presentation (Major Culminating Experience) 6 1
ERTH 701 Research Methods in Geosciences (Graduate Core) 3
Major Emphasis (34 units) - Take Two 5 6-8
Graduate Elective (13 units) 7 3
 Units16-18
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
ERTH 702 Quantitative Methods in Geosciences (Graduate Core) 3
ERTH 897 Research Project (Graduate Core) 3
Graduate Elective (13 units) - Take Three 7 9
 Units15
Spring Semester
ERTH 897 Research Project (Graduate Core) 3
ERTH 898 Master's Thesis (Graduate Core) 3
Graduate Elective (13 units) 7 3
 Units9
 Total Units143-154