physical geology field trip to Trinidad Beach (Photo by Trevor McBroom)

As a geology student at HSU you’ll develop scientific reasoning by being directly involved with field studies and performing a significant amount of undergraduate research. Our location on California’s North Coast provides an unparalleled natural laboratory to study tectonics, earthquakes, landslides, active rivers, and rapid erosion.

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Program Overview

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.

Studying our physical landscapes and the processes that form them gives you an understanding of our planet’s most pressing problems, and how to remedy them.

Bachelor's Degrees

Our program offers two majors, a BS in Geology and a BA with a Geology–Geosciences concentration.

Minor in Geology

We also offer a minor in Geology

Partnerships

We partner with local state agencies, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations. Undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to get involved through faculty-advised research, internships, and outreach to local elementary schools.

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Featured Alumni Profile

Kurt Fraese, 1982

President, Fraese and Associates, LLC

After a 35-year career as a professional geologist, and the privilege of being the CEO of a geoprofessional firm, I am dedicating myself to assisting for-profit and nonprofit organizations strengthen and advance their endeavors, utilizing my passions for consulting, teaching, and writing.

Career Options

Our graduates are known throughout the country for being highly prepared for the job market and have gone on to pursue a variety of careers.

Here are a few examples of possible career fields:

Geologist
Environmental Scientist
Petrologist
Volcanologist
Consultant
Journalist/Technical Writer
Seismologist
Geophysicist

Emergency Manager
Hazards Mitigation Specialist
Field Geologist
Marine Geologist
Hydrologist
Geomorphologist
Museum Curator
Science Teacher