About the Geology Degree
Prepare for a career as a geologist in energy, resource and environmental sectors
A Geology degree at PennWest California is a wide-ranging, exciting field of study that is much more than the traditional study of rocks and minerals. Undergraduates who pursue a Bachelor of Science in Geology quickly discover that geologists provide problem-solving and pragmatic approaches to address the complex challenges of energy, resource and environmental issues.
The geology degree program provides opportunities to learn geological principles and historical perspectives, become familiar with methods of geological research, acquire lab and field experience, and obtain analytical skills necessary to work independently or as part of a team. Students are prepared for careers working at geological field sites related to resource extraction or environmental remediation, or in geological and engineering laboratories and businesses. While part-time students may take longer, full-time students should expect to complete the program in four years.
Gain a career advantage with PennWest California's emphasis on hands-on experience.
Geologists are critical to the identification, mapping and extraction of both energy and mineral resources. Geologist work in a variety of environmental roles, including regulatory and research agencies, and private consulting firms. They are also integral to developing remediation strategies for impacted lands and water, as well as land development for new construction.
The goal of the geology program at PennWest California is to develop conscientious, analytical and professional geologists who are ready for entry-level positions in environmental, energy or engineering fields or for admission into a graduate program in geology. Students take classes from a broad range of sub-disciplines in order to prepare for professional licensure and a diversity of potential career paths.