The B.A . degree in geology with a concentration in geoscience is aimed toward students who are interested in careers or pursuing graduate work in broader fields of environmental science, hazard/resource management and planning, environmental policy, and teaching. The second discipline provides greater breadth and expertise in an additional field.
Humboldt’s setting provides a natural laboratory to study earthquakes, tsunamis, mountain building, landsliding, river processes, natural mineral and metal resources, volcanism, and rapid coastal erosion. The area geology also contains good exposures of nearshore marine deposits and fossils recording the late Cenozoic history of the region. Students frequently take field trips to surrounding areas both along the coast and inland. Geology majors may also pursue a thesis project under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
At Humboldt, you will also be able to use research tools including petrographic microscopes, scanning electron microscope, geophysical exploration equipment and a real-time kinematic GPS unit. Employers seek out Humboldt geology graduates because of their competence in the field and rigorous scientific background. Career opportunities include positions with local/state/federal government scientific and resource management agencies, geotechnical and environmental consulting firms, nonprofit conservation agencies, and universities/colleges/K-12 schools. Job titles of Humboldt geology graduates include: geologist, petrologist, volcanologist, consultant, technical writer or editor, seismologist, emergency manager, hazards mitigation specialist, field geologist, marine geologist, hydrologist, geomorphologist, museum curator, and science teacher.
A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. For a description of degree requirements to be fulfilled in addition to those listed below for the major, please see “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements ”.
Requirements for the Major (67-68 Units)