Geology is the study of the Earth, its structure, its processes, its history, and the history of its plant and animal inhabitants. Geology studies the movement of continents across the globe, the raising up and wearing down of mountains, the oceans, the atmosphere, the evolution of the dinosaurs, the discovery and use of mineral deposits, and the effects of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

man studying coastal rocksWhere can our Geology program take you?

Possible career paths/fields of work include environmental geology, hydrogeology, engineering geology, education, petroleum and economic geology, field geology, science writing and editing, and environmental law. 

Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Science, Geology, with an option to concentrate studies in Applied Geology
  • Concentrations: Those majoring in Liberal Studies can complete their concentration in Earth Science.
  • Geology minor ​

Interesting classes you might take

  • Mineralogy
  • Hydrogeology
  • Igneous and Metamorphic 
  • Petrology
  • Geophysical Exploration
  • Structural Geology
  • Paleontology and Stratigraphy
  • Applied Geology
  • Field Geology Plate Tectonics  

Course Spotlight

GEOL 3500: Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Application of the scientific method and geologic principles to study the nature, causes and consequences of earthquakes and volcanoes. 

What you can learn

  • To classify, identify and interpret geologic materials
  • To produce and interpret geologic maps and cross- sections
  • To collect and interpret quantitative scientific data related to earth processes
  • To apply fundamentals of chemistry, physics, math and computer science to the study of the Earth
  • To develop and manage water, oil and gas, and mineral resources
  • To acquire the content needed to teach Earth science in high school 

What you can earn

  • Geology Professor, $59,000
  • Hydrogeologist, $116,000
  • Earth Science Teacher, $51,000
  • Engineering Geologist, $92,000
  • Petroleum Exploration Geologist, $124,000
  • Mining Geologist, $71,000

Source: 2014, CA ​