The Geology program prepares students for a broad range of careers that involve the Earth. Nearly all of these careers are well-paid – including some of the highest paid careers for those with a bachelor’s degree (EX: petroleum geologist and engineering geologist). Some careers help us gain the rescores vital to humanity’s survival (EX: hydrologist and mining geologist) and others help us forecast and mitigate the effects of natural hazards (EX: geophysicist, volcanologist, and seismologist). A geology education is also excellent preparation for working for public lands management organizations such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, or NGOs. For those who wish to increase environmental literacy in our culture, geology coursework provides valuable training for careers in education, science journalism, or activism.


Department Administration and Faculty

Office:  Administration Bldg. 136 (A 136)

Telephone: (805) 378-1572


  • Robert Cabral, Interim Dean of Student Learning
  • Mary Anne Beck, Administrative Assistant

Department Co-Chair

Full-time Faculty

Part-time Faculty

  • Peggye Ahlstrom
  • Jennifer Pavia
  • Renee Richards
  • Karen Savage


Counselors who specialize in Geology, Chuck Brinkman, Danita Redd and Samantha Zaldivar, can be contacted through the Counseling Office .

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