When I moved out here to California, I became obsessed with geology. It’s impossible not to be interested in the earth if you live in a place like this.

– Jamaica Kincaid

The Geology Department offers earth science, geology, and oceanography courses for science and non-science majors.

Land, rocks, mountains, and trees

What You’ll Study

  • Physical Geology
  • Historical Geology
  • Earth Science for Teachers
  • Geology of California
  • Natural Disasters
  • Oceanography
  • Environmental Geology
  • Coastal Oceanography Field Studies
  • Physical Geology Field Lab


Visit our catalog for more information about the degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in Geology.

Careers & Salary


  • Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Science Teacher
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Natural Science Manager


  • Low: $45k
  • Average: $105k
  • High: $208k+

Program Mapper

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  • Victoria Castle
  • Kirk Domke

Adjunct Faculty

  • Beverly Berekian
  • Doug Neves
  • Diana Pomeroy

Geology Department

Location: SEM – 149
T: (714) 484-7000 x48966
Department Chair: Michael Frey,