physical geology field trip to Trinidad Beach

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


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

Sylvia Nicovich, 2015

Tectonic Geomorphologist/Paleoseismologist, United States Bureau of Reclamation

I work for the Seismology, Geomorphology, and Geophysics Group of the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) Technical Service Center. My group and I classify fault characteristics for use in seismic hazard assessment of USBR critical infrastructure.

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:

Environmental Scientist
Journalist/Technical Writer

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