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Geology, B.S. & B.A.

Humboldt Geology students learn the field, lab, and scientific reasoning skills necessary to mitigate a variety of geological and environmental challenges. Our North Coast location near the Mendocino triple junction and the Klamath and Cascade mountains provides unparalleled opportunities to study active geological processes like tectonics, volcanoes, glaciers, and rivers in an inclusive and safe learning environment where we can learn and thrive together.

Why this program

Our “Field Camp” course is a 24/7 immersive field-based experience, where students and faculty camp, cook, learn, and map together in a wilderness setting for 4 weeks in their final summer semester.

Geology students have the opportunity to work directly with a faculty member on a research project that aligns with their interests.

Faculty provide mentoring and expert guidance as the student engages in field work, laboratory analyses, and scientific writing that culminates in an undergraduate thesis.


Academics & Options

Our geology program offers a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree, giving you the flexibility to pursue the education—and career—that you want.

Program Concentrations

The Bachelor of Science degree is a comprehensive degree designed to prepare students for professional careers in the geological sciences, like geotechnical and environmental consulting, engineering geology, or natural resource geology. The B.S. degree also prepares students for graduate school and geoscientist research careers. Students who earn a B.S. degree in geology will be eligible for professional geologist licensing by the State of California.

Geology Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for students who desire an education that combines a strong geological background with another field of study, such as (but not limited to) geospatial analysis, environmental science, education, or business. This degree is designed for students who are interested in careers or graduate work in the broader fields of environmental science, hazard/resource management and planning, environmental policy, and teaching. As part of the degree, the student enrolls in at least 12 units within one of many approved second disciplines to broaden their interests.

Geology B.A.–Geosciences Requirement

Did You Know?

Stars to Rocks, our first-year learning community, gets you connected to professors quickly, as well as a cohort of students with similar interests who support each other throughout college.

  • The Geology Club hosts activities that include field trips throughout the year, an annual rock auction, and end-of-the-year picnic and campout.
  • Students can take part in a series of in-person and virtual presentations and seminars from geological researchers and professionals.
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Career opportunities include positions with government, scientific, and resource management agencies; private geotechnical and environmental consulting firms; nonprofit conservation agencies; and universities, colleges, and K-12 schools. Our B.S. degree will meet all requirements you need to apply for the State of California Fundamentals of Geology licensing exam as well as M.S. and Ph.D. geoscience programs in the United States. Examples of possible job titles you might find after earning your B.S. or B.A. degree include:

  • Engineering Geologist
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Journalist/Technical Writer
  • Emergency Manager
  • Field Geologist
  • Marine Geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Science Teacher
Geology students

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