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

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Study the processes that shape our world, through extensive fieldwork and research projects.

Southern California offers a unique opportunity for you to study firsthand many of the geologic wonders of the world, and numerous field trips are offered during the year to places such as Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, Owens Valley, and the eastern Sierra Nevada.

The Curriculum

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. You'll also 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.

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, as well as to work in the mining industry, petroleum industry or in research laboratories.

Graduate Schools

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


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

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