Jul 17, 2024  
2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog 
2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog


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Department Office
Darwin Hall 116
(707) 664-2334
Chair, Dr. Mark Perri

For faculty information, please see Faculty  or the Geology faculty web page.

Geology is the study of the materials, structures, processes, and history of the earth. Philosophically, it allows us to realize our place in the physical universe within the enormity of geologic time. Practically, it leads to understanding of Earth processes, the formation of rocks and minerals, and the energy supplies and materials that support our civilization.

The evolution of modern geologic thought is based on field studies and empiricism. A solid foundation in quantitative field and laboratory analysis provides a firm background in the principles of geology. Students take a fundamental curriculum that concentrates on the analysis of rocks and minerals, geologic mapping, and report writing. Required courses in physics, chemistry, and mathematics support understanding of geologic principles.

Careers in Geology and Earth Science

Within the general field of geology, students may choose from major programs that lead to either a BS in Geology or a BA in Earth Science. The BS in Geology provides an excellent background for graduate school and for work in geology in such fields as engineering geology, environmental geology, hydrology, and mineral exploration. Many of our geology graduates work for consulting firms with specialties in one or more of these areas. The BA in Earth Science provides our students with the background to become teachers, environmental consultants, to work in the energy industry or in governmental positions. Because of the selectivity involved in choosing a program that meets their own particular interests and goals, students must consult with a departmental advisor about their plan of study and their course load each semester.


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