• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Chico, CA, United States
Disciplines within the geological and environmental sciences are directed toward understanding the terrestrial system from the core of the Earth to beyond our solar system. Geology students at California State University Chico will conduct applied and basic research in an effort to understand physical processes on and within the Earth, and human influences that affect the environment.
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Overview

Geology is the study of processes occurring in or on the Earth. The BS in Geology at California State University Chico prepares students for careers or graduate education in fields such as resource exploration, hydrogeology, or environmental geology.

The BS in Geosciences at California State University Chico is designed for students who plan to become science teachers. It provides students with the required subject matter competency to enter a single-subject credential program in science with a concentration in Geoscience and/or one of the other physical sciences.

The MS in Geosciences or Environmental Science provides a framework for advanced study and research. A thesis is required, and students in the program may pursue any topic approved by a thesis committee. Some support for graduate students is available in the form of teaching or research assistantships.

The Professional Science Option under the MS in Environmental Science provides students with advanced training in the environmental sciences, along with professional courses aimed at preparing students for management and non-academic positions. Instead of a thesis, a required internship is an integral component of the program.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities are excellent. Our graduates work for agencies such as the California Department of Water Resources, the United States Geological Survey, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Graduates are also employed by private companies specializing in mineral and petroleum exploration, engineering or environmental consulting, and pollution remediation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included: 
  • General Chemistry
  • Physical Geology
  • Principles of Historical Geology
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus
  • General Physics
  • Physics for Students of Science and Engineering: Mechanics
  • Statistics
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

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  • Minimum required score:

    47

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General Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  • Have completed with grades of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see “Subject Requirements”).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7864 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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