Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Near-Surface Geochemistry and Geobiology


Geology is a broad-based science covering a vast range of physical phenomena in both space and time.  This major affords a strong foundation in the processes that shape the earth giving a solid understanding of the physical sciences with a quantitative emphasis.

The Geology track is versatile: it provides an excellent background for graduate work, and satisfies the minimum academic requirement for registration as a geologist in the State of California.  Through lectures, labs and field trips, you will gain both a theoretical and a practical perspective. In the required four-week advanced fieldwork (completed in summer),  you will spend the entire time in the field, making observations, mapping, and interpreting a technical report that describes your findings in relation to published literature on the area.

Trained geologists can address a wide range of concerns, including energy supply, mineral resources, and environmental protection.  Many geologists work in private industry.  petroleum companies, mining and quarrying companies, engineering consulting and construction firms are among the potential employers—as well as all levels of government, colleges and universities, non-profit research institutions, and museums. Our undergraduates are actively recruited by top graduate schools. Our majors are employable with Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees.

Geology Major Requirements
Earth and Planetary Science Majors: Course Offerings Schedule

For more information about specific course and unit requirements please refer to the EPS majors page or Prof. Nick Swanson-Hysell at, Room 393 McCone. For EPS undergraduate student services inquiries, please email


This EPS 118 Advanced Field Geology class video created by 2016 students shows their camaraderie and experience during their four week summer field course. (Read more...)