The Department of Earth and Biological Sciences at Loma Linda University offers a program leading to the bachelor of science degree in geology. The geology program focuses on field-oriented geology, particularly sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology. The integrated core course sequence of the geology degree provides students with a general background in geology as preparation for advanced coursework in sedimentary, paleontology, or environmental geology. Field work is emphasized because it provides a first-hand experience with geological phenomena that cannot be satisfactorily grasped or understood solely through classroom or laboratory study. Throughout the geology curriculum students are encouraged to develop an open minded and investigative approach in the application of the scientific method to the resolution of geologic problems.
A student in the bachelor of science in geology program takes the first two years of course work at any accredited college or university, and the last two years at Loma Linda University. The degree requirements below include a list of the courses that should be taken during the first two years in preparation for the geology curriculum at Loma Linda University. Admission requirements for the BS in geology program are a 2.5 GPA during the first two years of coursework at an accredited college or community college and letters of recommendation from two faculty at the institution you attended. For more information, please write to:
Undergraduate geology program coordinator
Department of Earth and Biological Sciences, Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California 92350
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*The priority deadline to apply for the upcoming school year is March 1.
*The final deadline to apply for the upcoming school year is June 15.
*Any submissions received after June 15 will be considered for fall admission of the following year.
A baccalaureate degree in geology prepares a student to enter graduate programs in geology or paleontology, or for employment in environmental and energy-related industries, or (with the necessary education courses) for teaching in secondary schools. Most employment opportunities in industry, research, or college teaching require a graduate degree.
Preparation for teaching
A student preparing to teach at the elementary or secondary level will need to complete the requirements for a teaching credential, in addition to the geology major. Consult the undergraduate geology coordinator for further information. General elective units can be used for education courses.
The Department of Earth and Biological Sciences offers a master of science degree in geology. Emphases available in this program are sedimentary geology, paleontology, and environmental geology. A master of science in biology and a doctor of philosophy in biology with emphasis in paleontology are also available.