Undergraduate Mentorship Program

Our department has started (2014) a program that matches undergraduate majors with Earth Scientists who have gone on to careers outside of academia.  The mentors talk with undergrads about course selection, major/minor pathways, construction of a resume, how to conduct a job search, how to interview etc.


Our mentors are presently employed:

  • Chevron-Bakersfield
  • USGS-Menlo Park
  • Environmental Consultant-Solana Beach
  • Venture Capital—Redondo Beach
  • Insurance—Los Angeles
  • URS Environmental—Anchorage
  • Geothermal Consulting—Los Angeles
  • Aera Energy--Ventura

Please contact our undergraduate advisor, Prof. Josh West (joshwest@usc.edu) for more information about applying for a mentor.

Undergraduate Program
For starters
2012 Median Pay: $90,890 per year ($43.70 per hour)
Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: None
On-the-job Training: None
Number of Jobs, 2012: 38200
Job Outlook, 2012-22: 16% (Faster than average)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dept. Labor, US.Gov

  • Zumberge Hall of Science (ZHS)
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0740
  • Phone: (213) 740-6106
  • Email: earthsci@usc.edu