“When students tell me that they see the world around them with new eyes, then I know I have been successful.”—Lydia Fox
Professor and Department Chair
Join our family!
Our department offers field-, lab- and lecture-based learning experiences that foster a close-knit community environment. Here, students and faculty can interact in both formal and informal settings, which provide conditions ideal for exploring the Earth and the environment.
Most of our courses include one or more field trips. While many of these trips explore fascinating locations throughout California, several of our trips are several days long and allow us to explore a much broader range of locations around our world.
Take an active role in your education!
We emphasize active, hands-on, field-oriented approaches to the study of geology and environmental science. In addition to our dynamic courses, our department offers a wide variety of exciting research, outreach and service, and field-based opportunities and experiences.
Find your career path
Professionals in the exciting field of geology investigate the mysteries of the Earth with the objective of promoting a clean environment, reducing the impact of natural disasters and providing natural resources for modern life. The Earth & Environmental Sciences Department offers a range of degree options that support a wide range of potential career paths.
Our building contains a mixture of modern classroom, laboratory and office spaces. We operate and maintain a range of specialized equipment for teaching- and research-related programs. We have four separate labs, each serving distinct scientific purposes.