Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Mara Brady, Chair
Science II Building, Room 114

B.S. in Geology
B.S. in Environmental Sciences
M.S. in Geology
M.S. in Water Resource Management - Continuing & Global Education
Certificate of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems - Continuing & Global Education
Credential in Single Subject - Geological Science
Minor in Geology

Courses Offered

Do you want to have a career that has a positive impact and helps your community? A major in the Earth and Environmental Sciences prepares you for a career where you can explore, understand, and monitor the earth to protect it and the people who live on it. The Earth and Environmental Sciences are interdisciplinary, integrating principles of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics, as well as quantitative and critical thinking skills, to address geological and environmental challenges. Our close-knit department gives students the chance to get to know faculty personally and every student has the opportunity to conduct research or complete an internship before they graduate. Our program emphasizes field and laboratory investigations of the environment and its geological context and history. Over 18 courses include field trips where we take advantage of the university's proximity to the Sierra Nevadas, the California Coast Ranges, coastal California, and the desert provinces. Our unique location gives faculty and students access to an unparalleled outdoor laboratory, all within short trips from the university.

Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Geology prepares students for employment in petroleum geology, mineral exploration, land-use planning, environmental assessment, hydrology, and engineering geology, or for teaching earth science or physical science at the secondary level. 

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences offers an interdisciplinary approach to the natural sciences with an emphasis on biology, chemistry, and geology. This degree is designed for students interested in areas such as soils, pollution abatement, water resources, ecosystem protection, restoration, or management.

The Master of Science in Geology program provides a graduate degree for students who want to work in industry or government on the professional level, for students who want to teach earth science in junior college, or for students who wish to pursue further graduate study.

The Maser of Science in Water Resources Management is an online degree program offered through the Division of Continuing and Global Education. This program is designed to meet the growing demand for advanced knowledge in water resources and their use in the urban, industrial, and agricultural environment. The degree includes political and policy aspects of water use as well as an understanding of the economics involved.

A Minor in Geology is available to students in all fields who want to enhance their degrees with additional training in earth sciences.