2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Sep 29, 2022  
2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog

Geology, Geosciences Concentration, B.A.

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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.

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .

Requirements for the Major (67-68 Units)

Upper Division Elective Courses

Complete 5 units of approved upper division geology courses.

Second Discipline (12 Units)

Complete at least 12 units of department approved courses within a discipline outside of the geology discipline (e.g., business chemistry, geospatial analysis). Students are encouraged, though not required, to pursue a minor in one of these fields so as to broaden technical skills and expertise.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will:

  • understand the fundamental concepts of Earth’s many systems
  • be able to find, analyze, and assess scientifically credible information about the Earth in both printed and electronic forms
  • communicate about Earth science in a meaningful way both verbally and in writing
  • be able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the Earth and its resources
  • possess the skills and background to gain employment and/or admission to graduate studies in the Earth sciences.

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