Geology

Offered as a major (B.S.) and a minor

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Geology is the scientific study of the Earth and how it works. You'll learn how our planet and its life forms have changed through time.

Well-trained geologists can help the nation and the world chart an environmentally and economically sound course into the future.

The Curriculum

A unique place to do fieldwork

You'll spend a lot of time outdoors as a geology major, as extensive fieldwork among Southern California's unique geological features will make up a large part of your learning.

Get to know the specialities of your field

Your courses will familiarize you with current developments and techniques within the standard subdisciplines of geology. These include mineralogy, petrology, paleontology, historical geology, and structural geology.

An interconnected discipline

You'll work closely with other related disciplines—chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and geography—as you expand your knowledge on exploring for energy and economic resources, analyzing geologic hazards, and mitigating the human impact on the environment.

Meaningful research that connects to your future

Doing research in a field you are passionate about gives you valuable and relevant experience for your future career. Prior student research projects have included:

  • A study of the Miocene Ricardo Formation in Red Rock Canyon State Park by a student who now works as an exploration geologist for Exxon/Mobil.
  • A study of the vertebral column of the beaked whale Mesoplodon europaeus by a student who is now pursuing a Ph.D. in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Michigan.

The Professors


Your Future

Along with being accepted in graduate schools around the country, many Cal Lutheran geology majors have entered careers in petroleum geology, geophysics and the environmental geology fields.

In both the public and private sectors, geologists are hired to study groundwater pollution, earthquake hazards and landslides. They also work in the mining and petroleum industries, or in research laboratories.

Graduate Schools

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Texas A & M
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

Employers

  • Cardno ERI
  • Fugro West, Inc.
  • Grover-Hollingsworth & Associates, Inc.
  • Pterolog
97%
of Cal Lutheran students are either enrolled in graduate programs or are employed within nine months of graduation.

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