Geological phenomena affect our daily lives as well as the future of our planet, whether it be a major earthquake in California or a volcanic eruption in the Pacific Ocean. Fundamental knowledge of the Earth and planetary sciences has direct bearing on matters of urgent interest to the public, policy makers, and other scientists. Our naturally fluctuating climate is being modified by human activities in ways that we don't understand, with consequences that we cannot predict. Geology students will gain a deeper understanding of geological phenomena, which can help them pursue research interests in subjects like environmental geophysics, global climate change, hydrology, and estuarine processes. For more information, see the Geology Department's site.