At the undergraduate level, the geology option offers the opportunity to pursue a Caltech B.Sc. with a concentration of courses in geology and related fields. The curriculum includes a survey of the classical subfields of geology, including physical geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, earth history, mineralogy, and petrology. It also includes extensive training in field techniques, including a three-week summer field course and a Spring break field geophysics course. The option leaves plenty of room for electives and advanced courses and most students pursue research during summers and occasionally during the academic year.
The Geology minor, or a general GPS minor, is intended for non-GPS undergraduates to supplement a major degree with knowledge of earth and planetary science.
Geology Coursework at a Glance
Ge 124 a. Paleomagnetism and Magnetostratigraphy. Application of paleomagnetism to the solution of problems in stratigraphic correlation and to the construction of a high-precision geological timescale. A field trip to the southwest United States or Mexico to study the physical stratigraphy and magnetic zonation, followed by lab analysis.