Major Degrees

  BS in Geological Sciences BA in Earth Sciences BS in Physical Sciences BS in Environmental Studies

The Department of Earth Sciences offers two major degrees:

  • (B.S.) Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences
  • (B.A.) Bachelor of Arts in Earth Sciences

The College also offers a Physical Science degree with a concentration in Earth Sciences:

  • (B.S.) Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences

and an Environmental Studies degree with a concentration in Earth Sciences:

Click on the tabs above to view the requirements for each major degree.

Undergraduate Honors Program

The department offers an honors program for students pursuing either a B.S. or a B.A. in Earth Sciences. Students wishing to participate in this program must complete GEOL 494x Senior Thesis. Honors will be awarded upon successful completion of the thesisand attainment of an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in courses in the major.

Progressive Degree Program in Geological Sciences

This program permits exceptional students to receive both a B.S. and M.S. in geological sciences in not more than 10 semesters. It is intended for students with extraordinary geological sciences preparation and performance who demonstrate a superior level of overall scholarship, including a GPA of 3.5 or better. Students may apply upon completion of 64 units of course work but not later than the end of their junior year (or the completion of 96 units).

The application for admission to a progressive degree program must be accompanied by an approved course plan proposal and letters of recommendation from two USC faculty members in the Department of Earth Sciences. The requirements for both the B.S. and M.S.degrees must be satisfied.


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