Advising Resources

EXPLORING MAJORS AND MINORS? LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT A SPECIFIC MAJOR OR MINOR? DECIDING? 

If you’re exploring the full range of majors that might match your interests and strengths, we encourage you to visit the Tykeson College and Career Advising team in Tykeson Hall. Tykeson Academic and Career Advisors will help you clarify your interests, meet academic requirements, discuss career possibilities with Career Readiness Coaches, and put you in touch with the many resources available to help you succeed. The Tykeson College and Career Advising team can also help majors/minors in Earth Sciences plan courses, integrate activities to help with career preparation, answer questions about core education and university policies and procedures, and connect you with other resources for student success.

Interested in getting advice about navigating your undergraduate education?  IgDEAS provides a mentorship program and offers one-on-one or group mentorship. 

LOOKING FOR IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR MAJOR OR MINOR IN EARTH SCIENCES? LOOKING FOR SPECIALIZED ADVISING?

If you are interested in declaring an Earth Science major, you may get in touch with one of the advisors listed below. They can offer expertise about fulfilling your major coursework requirements, as well as detailed information about the department and its curricular and co-curricular offerings and opportunities.

The Earth Science department offers four major tracks which each prepare you for specialized careers in the geosciences. To find out more about these tracks and to get started in pursuing one, get in touch with an advisor. 

Advising specialtyFaculty MemberOffice
Head advisorDr. Rebecca Dorsey305D Cascade Hall
Geophysics track advisors

Dr. Leif Karlstrom

Dr. Amanda Thomas

120A Cascade Hall

210C Cascade Hall

Geology track advisors

Dr. Thomas Giachetti

Dr. Marli Miller

224 Volcanology Hall

105 Volcanology Hall

Environmental Geoscience advisors

Dr. Qusheng Jin

Dr. Matt Polizzotto

320 Cascade Hall

225C Cascade Hall

Paleontology track advisors

Dr. Sam Hopkins

Dr. Edward Davis

151 Cascade Annex

214 Volcanology Hall

While ERTH majors will be assigned a single department advisor for the duration of their degree program, you are welcome to visit ANY of our advisors or our Department Head (Josh Roering) with questions or concerns.

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EARTH SCIENCES AS A CAREER

Interested in how a degree in Earth Sciences can translate to a career? Take a look. 

COLLEGE PREPARATION

High school students planning to major in Earth Sciences should take courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, geography, and science (physics, chemistry, biology, or earth science).
Students who transfer to the UO to major in geological science after two years of college work elsewhere should, ideally, have completed a year each of general chemistry, general physics, calculus, and introductory geology with laboratory.