Academic advisors play a crucial role in helping you navigate your college journey. They can help with course selection and scheduling, connect you to resources, help you monitor your academic progress, and provide career guidance.

Please see the information below regarding how to contact and meet with the assigned faculty advisor for your major.

Undergraduate Advisor

The Earth Science undergraduate advisor meets with undergraduate students who are fully-declared as a Geology or Earth Systems major. These majors require that students begin as "pre-majors" and then meet precise major-specific criteria to officially declare the major.

Students with "pre-major" status meet with the CNSM Academic Advisors instead of the faculty advisors below.

Each major has an assigned faculty advisor. To make an appointment with your advisor, use the Beach Connect link in Single Sign-On (SSO), select your assigned faculty advisor (listed below), and be sure to provide as much detail as possible about your situation/question. For help using the Beach Connect appointment system via SSO, see Advising Appointment Guide (PDF).

Dr. Nate Onderdonk
Undergraduate Geology and Earth Systems Advisor
Appointment via Beach Connect
Office: HSCI-306
Phone: 562.985.4817

Graduate Advisor

To make an appointment with the graduate advisor, please email the advisor listed below and be sure to provide as much detail as possible about your situation/question. Appointments with graduate advisors cannot be booked via Beach Connect.

Dr. Greg Holk
Graduate Geology Advisor
Office: HSCI-316
Phone: 562.985.2654

Academic Policies

Please consult the following resources for more information regarding academic policies:


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