The purpose of the undergraduate program in Geological Sciences is to provide students with a broad background in the fundamentals of the Earth and planetary sciences and the quantitative, analytical, and communications skills necessary to conduct research and think critically about questions involving the Earth and other planets. The major provides excellent preparation for graduate school and careers in geological and environmental consulting, land use planning, law, teaching, and other professions in which a background in science and an understanding of our and other planets are important.

The major requires at between 58 and 74 units; letter grades are required in all courses if available. Students interested in the major should consult with the Assistant Director of Student Services for information about options within the curriculum.  It should also be recognized that the Geological Sciences are heavily dependent on the other sciences and that any undergraduate in the Geological Sciences should be looking to supplement their major course work with classes in Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Those outside courses are appropriate depending on the background, goals, and interests of the individual student and can be explored with the faculty advisor.