Students can choose among a variety of degree programs that support a wide range of high-demand career paths. Our rigorous academic program prepares students for success by integrating career-oriented professional development certifications, including leadership training and advanced certifications in wilderness first aid and defensive driving, into academic courses. Please see the General Catalog for coursework.

This concentration prepares you for graduate study or professional employment in geology. Students earning a Bachelor of Science in geology can obtain competitive jobs in a number of geoscience areas, including geotechnical consulting, where they assess geologic hazards and environmental impacts.

Other career paths include working as a geologist involved with the exploration and production of fossil fuels and other important mineral resources. An increasing emphasis on environmental issues and growing demand for natural resources, in addition to recent retirement patterns in the geosciences, are creating a considerable demand for well-trained geoscientists. According to the American Geological Institute, Masters and PhD-level geoscientists have experienced effectively zero unemployment during the past 20 years.

This concentration is designed to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge required to critically evaluate environmental problems and issues and provide applied solutions. The major is interdisciplinary and focuses on the underlying natural processes relating to the environment as well as understanding and employing the scientific method. The need for broadly trained scientists in the area of environmental science is critical and the understanding of the importance of this field provides many employment opportunities.

A Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science can lead to numerous employment opportunities with many different agencies and areas. Typical employment could involve working for consulting firms performing environmental restoration, producing environmental impact studies for both governmental agencies and private firms, and additional vital biological services. Other types of employment can be found with regulatory agencies seeking to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and laws, with environmental law firms, or public health agencies.

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Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences
209.946.7351

Pacific Geosciences Center
1051 West Mendocino Ave
Stockton, CA 95211