Who are Earth scientists?
Earth science professionals work for a variety of governmental, commercial, and not-for-profit organizations investigating the mysteries of the Earth with the objective of promoting a clean environment, reducing the impact of natural disasters and providing natural resources for modern life. Some earth science professionals work in urban and rural environments studying hazards (earthquakes, landslides, floods) and natural systems (ecosystems, resources, contaminants). Other earth scientists search for energy and mineral resources. Earth and environmental scientists teach in grade schools, community colleges, and universities. Research scientists conduct invaluable studies to further develop our understanding of the world around us.
True of earth science departments around the world -- there is probably no department closer to a family-like setting than an earth science department. Earth & Environmental Science classes are small, and laboratory sessions are taught by faculty. All courses offer active learning opportunities in the laboratory and/or field experiences that encourage both informal and formal interactions. Together, these aspects foster a close-knit environment between students and faculty that is ideal for exploring the Earth and the environment.
Opportunities for Learning in the Outdoors
Most of our courses include one or more field trips, typically ranging from one to four days long. At a minimum, majors will study and explore areas including the California coast, the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, Owens Valley, Klamath Mountains, Yosemite and Sierra Nevada, and the southern Cascades and Modoc Plateau before graduation.