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Geological and Environmental Sciences
Laura Rademacher
Department Chair
Pacific Geosciences Center
1051 West Mendocino Ave
Stockton, CA 95211


Geological and environmental sciences is one of the most valuable majors offered at Pacific and develops students' abilities to solve real environmental challenges. Our rigorous academic program prepares students for success by integrating career-oriented professional development, certifications and training into many academic courses. Our students benefit from abundant travel opportunities (domestic and international), outdoor field experiences and unparalleled lab- and field-based student research opportunities, with many of our students publishing their work by the time they graduate. A geological and environmental science degree from Pacific will make you very competitive for jobs and graduate school.

The Bachelor of Arts in geological and environmental sciences is for liberal arts students with a strong interest in the earth and its environments, but who plan to pursue a career in outside sciences. The Bachelor of Science in geological and environmental sciences prepares students for professional employment as a scientist or graduate study in geology, environmental science or hydrology. The breadth of the BS and BA degrees is ideal for preparing students for professional degrees including law and health-related fields, as well as preparing students for work in business, international relations, communication, the arts, teaching, policy or advocacy work.

Pacific offers three-degree paths that are designed to prepare students for an Earth-centered career that best fits their interests and goals.

  1. Geology prepares students for competitive careers in a broad range of traditional and non-traditional fields. Students are provided the tools needed to scientifically approach all aspects of the earth system.
  2. Environmental Science provides an interdisciplinary approach to the natural sciences, integrating a core of geology, biology, chemistry and mathematics with policy and humanities classes.
  3. The accelerated Environmental Law Advantage program allows students interested in a career in law to complete both a Bachelor of Arts in Geological and Environmental Sciences and a JD law degree in a total of six years, with guaranteed admission into the McGeorge JD program, assuming students meet performance standards.