Geology examines our natural world, studying problems that range in scale from a single mineral grain to the entire solar system.
Studying this complex natural system is an intrinsically interdisciplinary endeavor, so geology draws upon the tools of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, and environmental science. Geologists are flexible and well-rounded scientists, tackling such varied topics as earthquakes, climate change, the formation of continents and oceans, resource development, and the origins of life. Geology majors at Oxy have the opportunity to explore geology on campus and in the unparalleled natural laboratory of southern California.
Geology Major at Oxy:
Located in one of the world’s most geologically interesting places, Oxy’s geology program draws on the local environment to teach fundamental geologic principles. Students learn geology through a blend of classroom, lab, and field experiences, applying their new knowledge to geological problems as part of their coursework. All students have the opportunity to participate in research with faculty or on their own. The geology training is supplemented with courses in mathematics and enriched by taking recommended classes in physics and chemistry. Geology is a global science so students who have made sufficient progress in the major are encouraged to study abroad for a semester in their junior year.
Summertime offers geology majors the opportunity to work on research projects with faculty or participate in internship programs such as those offered by JPL and the Southern California Earthquake Center. Other students may choose to attend field camp in the U.S. or abroad. These experiences commonly form the basis for the senior thesis geology majors complete, and all students are encouraged to present their work at the annual Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference or other venues.
Environmental Science Concentration in Geology: Students choosing this path explore earth processes and ecosystems, and develop skills needed to analyze and solve environmental problems. The concentration is designed for students who want to more fully understand the biological and geologic foundation of Environmental Science while completing a version of the geology major.
Geology After Oxy:
After Oxy, many geology majors have chosen to continued their education in graduate school in geology or environmental science. Others have drawn on their Oxy geology degree to begin careers such as environmental consultant, NASA scientist, teacher, planner, park ranger, or petroleum geologist. Still others have gone into law, architecture, and medical professions.
Welcome Christopher Oze!
Associate Professor, Geology
Chris Oze teaches Introductory Geology, Field Geology, Hard Rock Geology and Geochemistry.
He will be joining the Geology Department in January 2016.
Education: B.A., Whitman College; Ph.D. Stanford University
My research has revolved around ultramafic and mafic rocks and the processes that these rocks undergo as they make their way to the surface. My research objectives are broadly divided into two categories:
(1) To investigate the geochemical and biogeochemical evolution of a variety of metals (e.g., Cr, Ni, Au, Ag), isotopes (e.g., C, O, Sr, Os), and gases (e.g., CO2, H2O, CH4) with regards to how they influenced and/or are cycled by magmatic, metamorphic, hydrothermal, and/or weathering processes and how they may ‘contribute’ or ‘fit’ in relation to larger geological and planetary processes such as mantle dynamics, magmatism, and climate change.
(2) To examine the abiotic genesis of elemental hydrogen (H2), methane (CH4), and other organic species via water-rock interactions in a variety of hydrothermal, volcanic, and groundwater systems in order to assess key steps potentially leading to: i) the discovery of new energy resources, ii) carbon sequestration and iii) the origins of life through laboratory studies, chemical modeling, and field data.
Senior, Donovan Dennis, participating in the Juneau Icefield Research Project this summer.
- Geology Technician:
Jan Garcia email@example.com p: (323) 259-2823 f: (323) 341-4858
- Senior Department Assistant:
Tracy A. Mikuriya firstname.lastname@example.org p: (323)259-2821