University of California, Riverside

Department of Earth Sciences



The Geology Major


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Major Requirements

The Department offers four options within the Geology Major: General Geology, Geobiology, Global Climate Change, and Geophysics. Students who choose the Geology major study the structure, composition, processes and history of the Earth. In particular, the Geology major stresses features of the Earth's surface, and interactions between its atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, rocky crust and interior.

  • General Geology Option: Students entering the General Geology option study the nature, distribution, age and origin of minerals, rocks and their contained fossils, placed within a global framework of the Earth as an evolving geologic system.
  • Global Climate Change Option: The Global Climate Change option immerses students in the first principles of studying and interpreting the record of climate change. Students explore the sciences of climate change and its impact on society.
  • Geobiology Option: The Geobiology option offers broad-based geological training combined with a special emphasis on paleontology and organism/time interactions.
  • Geophysics Option: The Geophysics option is for geology students who wish to learn more about geophysical theories and techniques, and how they can be used to solve geological problems. Students who are interested in a career in geophysics are recommended to pursue the Geophysics Major.

What can I do with a Degree from Earth Sciences?

Jobs in the Geology field are starting at $50,000 for B.S. degrees.

  • Economic Geologist
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Environmental Impact Report Writer
  • Exploration Geologist
  • Geothermal Energy Specialist
  • Ground Water Geologist
  • Hydrologist/Hydrogeologist
  • Instructor/Lecturer/Professor
  • Marine Geologist
  • Mining Geologist
  • Naturalist
  • Paleontologist
  • Park Ranger
  • Petroleum Geologist
  • Technical Writer/Editor
  • Vertebrate Paleontologist
  • Volcanologist

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General Campus Information

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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Earth Sciences Information

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Tel: (951) 827-3434
Fax: (951) 827-4324
E-mail: john.herring@ucr.edu

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