Undergraduate Research

The Department of Earth Sciences offers several research opportunities for interested undergraduates, both to majors and non-majors. Because Earth science is truly cross disciplinary, undergraduates can gain hands-on experience in a range of areas. There are several levels of involvement in Earth Science research:

All Earth Sciences faculty are involved in research and welcome the involvement of undergraduate students in many projects. We encourage you to visit our research pages and faculty websites to learn more. If you are interested in working with an individual faculty member you may contact them directly. If you need help finding a faculty member to work with, contact Doug Hammond at dhammond@usc.edu (the Earth Science undergraduate faculty advisor).

SCEC Internship Programs

Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) offers two internship programs for college undergraduate students to conduct field, laboratory, and/or theoretical research under the supervision of leading scientists in the fields of geophysics, earthquake geology, seismology, computer science, tectonics and geodesy.



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

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