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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Geology

Office: Duncan Hall 321

Telephone: 408-924-5050 (Voice); 408-924-5053 (Fax)

Email: undergradadvisor-geology@sjsu.edu; gradadvisor-geology@sjsu.edu

Website: www.sjsu.edu/geology


Emmanuel Gabet, Graduate Advisor
Ellen P. Metzger
Jonathan Miller, Chair
Robert B. Miller
Donald L. Reed

Assistant Professors

Nathaniel Bogie
Carlie Pietsch
Ryan Portner
Siri Veland

Associate Professor

Kimberly Blisniuk, Undergraduate Advisor


Earthquakes, sea-level rise, landslides, water resources, and volcanoes - the Department of Geology specializes in increasing students’ understanding of the Earth, its processes, and its resources. We offer general education courses, a rigorous, integrated undergraduate curriculum, and graduate courses and research. Our bachelor’s degree program in Geology prepares students for graduate study in the geosciences as well as for entry-level positions in geological and environmental consulting firms, regulatory agencies and other employment settings. Our bachelor’s program in Earth System Science focuses on the complex processes within and feedbacks between the Earth Systems (geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere), including the interactions of humans with the Earth. Students obtaining this degree are well-positioned for careers in environmental remediation, natural resource management, and environmental policy. Our master’s degree program particularly emphasizes the study of applied geology, surface processes, and tectonics, enabling graduates to advance to Ph.D programs and to secure jobs in fields such as environmental consulting, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, and hazards assessment.

Geology and Earth System Science Honors Program

Departmental honors in the BS Geology and Earth System Science degree programs are awarded to those majors who have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in their required departmental courses and have completed an undergraduate research project. A proposal for undergraduate research, including an identified Geology faculty supervisor, must be approved by the Geology honors committee for acceptance into the honors program. Completion of two units of Geology 180 and both written and oral presentation of research results are required for completion of the program.


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