Jun 13, 2024  
University Catalog 2024-2025 
University Catalog 2024-2025

Department of Geography, Geology, and Environment


Location: 4067C King Hall
Phone: (323) 343-2220
Email: geog@calstatela.edu or geology@calstatela.edu


Department Chair: Stephen Mulherin
Email: smulher@calstatela.edu
Phone: (323) 343-2400

Natural Science Program Director: Jennifer Garrison
Email: jgarris@calstatela.edu
Phone: (323) 343-2412

The Faculty

Professors:  Andre Ellis, Jennifer Garrison, Barry Hibbs, Stephen E. G. Ladochy, Stephen Mulherin (Chair). Hong-Lie Qiu, Pedro C. Ramirez, Hengchun Ye.
Associate Professors: Kristine Bezdecny,  Jingjing Li
Assistant Professors: Micheal Beland, Joshua Kelly.
Emeriti: Alan A. Colville, Perry L. Ehlig, Sin Fong Han, Richard W. Hurst, John A. Kirchner, Vincent Mazzucchelli, Robert F. Meade, Ali Modarres, Gary Novak, John D. Rees, Robert J. Stull.


The Department of Geosciences and Environment offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Geography and Bachelor of Science (BS) in geology. The BA in geography allows specialization in three areas: Environmental Geography, Urban Analysis, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The BS in Geology consists of two options: Geology and Environmental Geosciences. In addition to BA and BS degree offerings, the department also offers a minor in Geography and a Minor in Geology for students majoring in other fields, and a post-baccalaureate certificate  in Geographic Information Systems. The department also offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree in Geological Sciences, under its environmental hydrogeology option.

The mission of the Natural Science Program is to provide broad training across the natural science disciplines for students seeking interdisciplinary and applied science careers for which a broad science background is useful.

The Natural Science Program emphasize the interrelationships among the natural science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, geoscience, and physics & astronomy.  Because the degree programs in Natural Science provide broad training across several science disciplines, career opportunities for persons with the degree span a wide range.  The rapid pace of scientific and technical advances makes a broad understanding of science valuable to careers in education, academia, business, government, law, medicine, nonprofit organizations (e.g., museums, private foundations), and other fields.  A degree in Natural Science also serves as a solid foundation for additional training, such as a teaching credential, law degree, medical degree that is often required for more advanced career positions. Students can pursue a BS in Natural Science or Applied Science, and there are two minors; Natural Science and Science Teacher Preparation. We also offer a certificate in Natural Science.


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