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The Earth Science major is one of two programs housed in the Department of Earth Science and Geography. The Earth Science degree is a cross-disciplinary program that trains students for careers involving earth system science, which broadly includes the physical science behind the interactions of the lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. The Earth Science program also examines the contribution of those systems to natural landscapes and geological hazards, during the modern era and through geological time. Importantly, it also considers the relationship of human populations to these geosystems.
If you are curious about the answers to the following questions, Earth Science might be the right major for you:
- How and when did the Earth form? How has Earth evolved? What is the history of life on Earth? When did the mass extinctions occur, and what caused them?
- What is plate tectonics, and how do tectonic plates interact? How do mountains form? How, where and why do volcanoes form? What causes earthquakes? Can we predict them? Why or why not? How do tsunamis form?
- What are the different drainage patterns for river systems? How do flowing water and ice sculpt the landscape? How does the generation of hydroelectricity change the characteristics of flowing rivers?
- What is groundwater, why is it important to humans, and what are the implications of groundwater contamination?
- What has Earth’s climate been like in the past? How might climate change in the future? What is the “greenhouse effect” and ocean acidification? What is the carbon cycle, and why is it important?
- What are the differences between non-renewable, renewable and perpetual natural resources? What is the nature of supply vs. demand in regard to water, petroleum, coal, minerals, and other natural resources? What are the pros and cons of various energy sources including nuclear, solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and carbon-based fuels?
- High school GPA of 3.0 (“B” average) or higher
- High school graduation certificate or exam results
- Proof of English proficiency
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- Physical Geology
- Physical Geography
- Physical Geology Laboratory
- Earth History & Evolution
- Earth History Lab
- Elementary Statistics and Probability
- Survey of Calculus for Management and Life Sciences
- Calculus I
- Calculus II
- General Chemistry I
- General Chemistry II
- Elements of Physics I
- Elements of Physics II
- Principles of Biology I
- Principles of Biology Lab I
- Principles of Biology II
- Principles of Biology II Lab
- The World Ocean
- Field Mapping
- Environmental Geology
- Plate Tectonics and the Rock Cycle
- Global Change
- Senior Seminar In Earth Sciences
- Numerical Methods in Geography
- Rivers and Streams
- Geographic Information Systems
- The Weather
- Urban Environmental Geography
- Remote Sensing and Image Processing
- Earth's Climates
- Natural Resources
- Environmental Analysis
- Advanced Topics in Earth Science
- Internship In Earth Science
- Tuition Fees: $6,945 (24 units/2 semesters)
- Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition ($396/unit): $9,504 (24 units/2 semesters)
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information
The Earth Science major prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities within government, industry and non-profit organizations. Specific fields include
- Environmental protection and consulting;
- Natural resource management;
- Air and water quality monitoring;
- Geologic hazards and geotechnical investigations;
- Water and power‑generation utilities;
- Meteorology, hydrology, and oceanography.
The Earth Science degree also provides excellent training for graduate programs.
About this institute
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Established in 1960, California State University, Dominguez Hills (called CSUDH) is a highly diverse, metropolitan university primarily serving the South Bay area of Los Angeles County with easy access to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and the sunny California beaches. CSUDH...
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