Required courses for the major: 
42  45 Units 

 Geoscience: Physical Science Education Option at CSU, Chico  
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 110 or one year of high school chemistry,  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture / 102 hours Lab  This course introduces students to the basic principles of chemistry with a quantitative emphasis. Topics include atomic theory, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gases, thermochemistry, intermolecular forces and solutions. This is the first semester of a oneyear course in chemistry intended for majors in the natural sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, premedicine), mathematics, and engineering. The twosemester sequence of CHEM 1 and CHEM 2 provides the basic chemical background needed for further investigations into our physical environment. (CID CHEM 110/120S).Graded Only. 

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture / 102 hours Lab  This course is a continuation of CHEM 1, General Chemistry I. Topics include chemical kinetics and equilibrium, acidbase and solubility equilibria, thermodynamics, oxidationreduction, electrochemistry, coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry, introduction to organic chemistry and qualitative analysis. This is the second semester of a oneyear course in chemistry intended for majors in the natural sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, premedicine), mathematics, and engineering. The twosemester sequence of CHEM 1 and CHEM 2 provides the basic chemical background needed for further investigations into our physical environment. (CID CHEM 120S) (CID CHEM 120S = CHEM 1 and CHEM 2). Graded Only. 

Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV; English Level IV; Math Level IV  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture / 51 hours Lab  Physical Geology with Lab will introduce students to the internal and external processes that are at work changing the earth today. Within the context of modern plate tectonics theory, students will explore the origins of rocks and minerals and dynamic earth processes such as volcanism, seismicity and mountain building that are driven by the release of Earth's internal heat. It also examines how wind, running water, and glaciers move in response to gravity and energy from the sun and the sculpting of Earth's surface by erosion. These concepts as well as the interpretation of topographic and geologic maps will be reinforced with an integrated laboratory program. (CID GEOL 101). 

Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV; English Level IV; Math Level IV  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture / 51 hours Lab  Historical geology with lab introduces students to Earth’s geologic history and the history of life on Earth. Drawing on concepts from plate tectonics theory, evolution, geologic dating methods and stratigraphy, students explore the planet’s origin and the processes that have repeatedly reshaped the global environment during the past 4.6 billion years. It also covers the history of life on this planet and investigates the complementary roles played by natural selection and environmental change in shaping both modern and ancient ecosystems. These concepts as well as fossil identification, study of sedimentary rocks, and interpretation of geologic maps will be reinforced with an integrated laboratory program. (CID GEOL 111). 

Prerequisite(s): MATH 124  Recommended Prep: Two years highschool algebra and Reading Level IV  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  68 hours Lecture  Presents a study of the techniques of calculus with emphasis placed on the application of these concepts to business and management related problems. The applications of derivatives and integrals of functions including polynomials, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions are studied This course is offered only once each academic year. (CID MATH 140). 

Prerequisite(s): MATH 20 and MATH 26 or collegelevel precalculus  Recommended Prep: Four years of high school collegepreparatory Mathematics and Reading Level IV  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  85 hours Lecture  A first course in differential and integral calculus of a single variable: functions, limits and continuity, techniques and applications of differentiation and integration, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Primarily for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Majors. (CID MATH 210). 

Prerequisite(s): MATH 124  Recommended Prep: Two years of high school algebra and Reading Level IV  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture  The use of probability techniques, hypothesis testing, and predictive techniques to facilitate decisionmaking. Topics include descriptive statistics; probability and sampling distributions; statistical inference; correlation and linear regression; analysis of variance, chisquare and ttests; and application of technology for statistical analysis including the interpretation of the relevance of the statistical findings. Applications using data from disciplines including business, social sciences, psychology, life science, health science, and education. (CID MATH 110). 

Prerequisite(s): MATH 30  Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  68 hours Lecture  A second course in differential and integral calculus of a single variable: integration; techniques of integration, infinite sequences and series, polar and parametric equations, applications of integration. Primarily for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Majors. For students who have no knowledge of or access to a symbolic math program (such as MAPLE, Mathematica, Derive, or the TI89,) the mathematics department offers instruction in MAPLE (MATH 31A), which may be taken concurrently with MATH 31. (CID MATH 220). 

Prerequisite(s): MATH 20 or high school trigonometry  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture / 51 hours Lab  This course is intended for students not majoring in physics or engineering but needing a oneyear course in physics as a requirement for their major program. The course is part of a twosemester sequence whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations at articulated institutions. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, fluids and simple harmonic motion. (CID PHYS 105).Graded Only. 

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 21  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture / 51 hours Lab  This course is intended for students not majoring in physics or engineering but needing a oneyear course in physics as a requirement for their major program. The course is the second part of a twosemester sequence beginning with PHYS 21. Core topics include: electrostatics, magnetism, DC circuits, optics and modern physics. (CID PHYS 110).Graded Only. 

Prerequisite(s): MATH 30  Recommended Prep: High school physics  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture / 51 hours Lab  This course, intended for students majoring in physical sciences and engineering, is part of a threesemester course whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations. Core topics include an introduction to kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, gravitation and simple harmonic motion. It is highly recommended that students also enroll in PHYS 51. (CID PHYS 205).Graded Only. 

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 41, MATH 31  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture / 51 hours Lab  This course, intended for students majoring in physical sciences and engineering, is part of a threesemester course whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations. Core topics include electrostatics, magnetism, DC and AC circuits, and Maxwell’s equations. It is highly recommended that students also enroll in PHYS 52. (CID PHYS 210).Graded Only. 

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 2  Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV; English Level IV  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture / 102 hours Lab  This is the first course in a yearlong study of organic chemistry designed for students majoring in chemistry and related science disciplines. It covers fundamental principles of organic chemistry including structure, nomenclature, conformational analysis and stereochemistry. The physical properties, reactions and reaction mechanisms of alkanes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, alkenes, alkynes, and allylic systems are studied. Infrared spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy are discussed in detail. (CID CHEM 150 & 160S).Graded Only. 

Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV; English Level IV; Math Level IV  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture / 51 hours Lab  This course is a survey of the basic principles and concepts used by biologists to explain how organisms live and survive. Topics include ecology, a survey of the worlds organisms, genetics, evolution, cell structure and function, and energy conversions. 

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1  Recommended Prep: BIOL 11 or BIOL 12 and Reading Level IV; English Level IV  Transfer Status: CSU/UC  51 hours Lecture / 102 hours Lab  This course is an introductory study of procaryotic and eucaryotic cell structure and function as well as basic viral structure and reproduction. Attention is given to life processes within cells and to interactions between cells. Coverage includes experimental design and statistical analysis; basic biotechnology concepts and techniques; DNA structure, function and gene expression; enzyme function; energetics; nutrient cycles in ecosystems; transport mechanisms; cytoskeletal components; cell communication (including nerve impulse conduction and signal transduction); cell reproduction; Mendelian and population genetics; cell evolution; and modern concepts of molecular biology. This course is designed for biology majors. Offered Spring only. (CID BIOL 190). 

