Geology

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

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, structural geology, stratigraphy and sedimentology.

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 Experience
Geology major photo of student or faculty

l’ve had the opportunity to do work that most undergraduates aren’t able to do, such as paleontology research and traveling to Colorado and Baltimore to present that research. I love that we have a lot to discover about how some of the most beautiful natural sights on Earth were made and why we should continue preserving them.

Miguel Miguel ‘17

Classroom in the Field

Fieldwork is essential to a geologist's education. The coursework in Physical Geology includes hands-on experience in the lab and in the field. The department's trips range far and wide, from overnights in Death Valley to the local hiking hotspot of Wildwood Park.

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.

Our alumni study at:
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A & M
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
They work for:
  • California State Parks
  • Cardno ERI
  • Exxon-Mobil
  • Fugro West, Inc.
  • Geolabs-Westlake Village
  • Grover-Hollingsworth & Associates, Inc.
  • Petrolog
  • Southern California Soil and Testing, Inc.
  • Trey Resources, Inc.  
  • U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Career paths:
  • Geologist
  • Staff Geologist
  • Geological Technician
  • Senior Geologist
  • Project Manager
  • Sample Catcher


of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

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