The Department of Earth Sciences offers degree programs in both Earth Science and Geography. Both programs feature a strong emphasis on understanding the natural world, and human management of its natural resources. We also offer minors in Earth Science and Geography and a certificate program in Geotechniques including GIS and Remote Sensing. Students can take courses in environmental analysis, global change, field mapping, the urban environment, natural resources, and geologic processes. Additional topics explored include resource consumption, environmental legislation, and landscape change. The department’s focus is on field activities and hands-on experiences. Many of our courses include field trips that provide opportunities for students to experience firsthand the topics covered in class. Field trip locations include Death Valley, Mojave National Preserve, Owens Valley, Santa Monica Mountains, Joshua Tree National Park, and Mono Lake. The combination of classroom, field and lab experiences enables our students to find employment in diverse fields such as urban/regional planning, environ-mental monitoring and consulting, and natural resources management. Many of our majors go on to graduate school.
For an explanation of the courses in each program, as well as career opportunities for graduates, please refer to the detailed descriptions within the Degree Programs links.
To give an example of the wide range of field trips offered by CSUDH Earth Science & Geography faculty, click on either of the links below for a field trip guide to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, located close to the CSUDH campus in the South Bay area. Although focused on geology, the guide is designed for the “non-geologist”, and thus can be used for introductory earth science and geology courses, physical geography courses, K-12 teachers and their students, and the public-at-large. The guide can be used for either on-ground or virtual field trips.