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.