Two undergraduate degrees are offered by the Geological Sciences Department, as well as a minor.
The bachelor of science degree in Earth Science is designed for those students considering a professional career in environmental, geotechnical, or engineering geology. The program also provides a fundamental education in geology that prepares students for graduate studies in the geological sciences. The required curriculum includes surficial geology courses (geomorphology, hydrology) not required as part of the B.S. in Geology.
The bachelor of science degree program in Geology provides training in the geological sciences for those planning to pursue professional careers in industry or enter a graduate degree program. Students explore fundamental geological processes, cultivate skills in integrative three-dimensional geological thinking, and engage in laboratory and field experience, and pursue interests in the many subdisciplines of the geological sciences.
Additional information can be found in the CSULB Catalog: Geological Sciences.
Not sure if geology is for you? Learn more about Careers in Geology.
Here are a few recorded info sessions where faculty give an overview about the fields of study offered by the department.
The follow describes the program learning outcomes for the undergraduate programs in the department.
Program Learning Objectives for B.S. Geology and B.S. Earth Science
Graduates will be able to:
- Understand fundamental Earth Science terms and concepts. (WASC 5, CSULB D)
- Apply principles of geology, physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics to solve earth science problems. (WASC 2 and 3, CSULB A, B, and D)
- Collect, analyze, and interpret quantitative data. (WASC 3 and 4, CSULB A and E)
- Collect, analyze, and interpret spatial data. (WASC 3 and 4, CSULB A and E)
- Communicate scientific observations and interpretations through oral, written and graphical presentation. (WASC 1 and 2, CSULB A and D)
- Understand the importance of Earth Science in society. (WASC 3 and 5, CSULB B and D)
Relationship to WSCUC Core Competencies and CSULB ILOs in (parentheses).
WSCUC Core Competencies
WSCUC Core Competencies are:
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Critical Thinking
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Information Literacy
CSULB Institutional Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be:
- Well-prepared with communication, numeracy and critical thinking skills to successfully join the workforce of California and the world or to pursue advanced study.
- Critically and ethically engaged in global and local issues.
- Knowledgeable and respectful of the diversity of individuals, groups, and cultures.
- Accomplished at integrating the skills of a liberal education with disciplinary or professional competency.
- Skilled in collaborative problem-solving, research, and creative activity.