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Department Chair: Dr. Richard Behl

Department Office: Hall of Science (HSCI) 322

Telephone/FAX: (562) 985-4809 / (562) 985-8638


Faculty: Matthew Becker, Richard J. Behl, Stanley C. Finney, Robert D. Francis, Roswitha B. Grannell, K. Benjamin Hagedorn, Gregory J. Holk, Thomas Kelty, Nathan Onderdonk, Lora Stevens

Administrative Support Coordinator: Margaret Costello


  • Undergraduate: Thomas Kelty
  • Credential: James Kisiel, Tim Williamson
  • Graduate: Lora Stevens-Landon

Students desiring information should contact the Department Office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

Career Possibilities

Geologist • Geophysicist • Hydrologist • Mineralogist • Paleontologist • Seismologist • Geophysical Prospector • Laboratory Assistant • Soils Engineer • Stratigrapher • Crystallographer • Geodesist • Environmental Analyst • Oceanographer • Teacher • Petrologist • Ecologist • Geochemist (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see Various entry-level trainee positions in business and industry are available for graduates regardless of academic discipline.


The Geological Sciences includes the study of the solid earth, the hydrosphere, and the atmosphere. All Earth Science and Geology majors must contact the Undergraduate Advisor prior to the first semester in residence.

The Geological Sciences Department participates in the Southern California Marine Institute for marine geology, oceanography, and seismic studies. See the Ocean Studies Institute section of this Catalog for additional information.

Academic Advising and Facilitated Enrollment into Classes

All entering students who declare a major in a degree program offered by this department need to contact the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics' (CNSM) Academic Advising Center (HSCI 164) and participate in the College's Science Safari to Success (for first time freshmen) or EONS (Enrollment and Orientation in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics for transfer students) Program. These programs are held in June/July for those starting in the Fall Semester and in January for those starting in the Spring Semester. Department advisors will be available to provide an overview of the students' chosen baccalaureate degree program, to assist with academic advisement, to provide information on the many career opportunities available, and to aid students in enrolling in classes. Contact the CNSM Academic Advising Center, Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (HSCI 164), or department office for additional information.

Concurrent and/or Summer Enrollment at Another College

Students who wish to take course work at a community or another college to meet curricular requirements while enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics must petition the appropriate Department for prior approval to earn credit for specific courses. This policy applies to concurrent enrollment or summer enrollment. University policy must also be complied with; see 'Concurrent Enrollment' and 'Transfer of Undergraduate Credit' in this Catalog. Courses not receiving prior approval will not be accepted for credit by the Department.

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