Congratulations to Our Outstanding 2012 Graduates!
Active, Hands-On Education
The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences emphasizes a hands-on, field-oriented approach to the study of geology and environmental science. Our department offers a wide variety of exciting research, outreach and service, and field-based opportunities that enrich your classroom learning.
Earth & Environmental Science classes are small, and laboratory sessions are taught by faculty. All courses offer active learning opportunities in the laboratory and/or field experiences that encourage both informal and formal interactions.
Together, these aspects foster a close-knit environment between students and faculty that is ideal for exploring the Earth and the environment.
Opportunities for Learning in the Outdoors
Most of our courses include one or more field trips, typically ranging from one to four days long.
At a minimum, majors will study and explore areas including the California coast, the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, Owens Valley, Klamath Mountains, Yosemite and Sierra Nevada, and the southern Cascades and Modoc Plateau before graduation.