SBCC Earth and Planetary Science students studying outdoors

Earth and Planetary Sciences

2020 Earth Science Awards

Awards Presented on May 1, 2020, 1 -2pm via Zoom

Academic Awards


Marschak Astronomy (SBCC Foundation Scholarship) - Kenny Galindo

Geology Associate Degrees Awarded Spring 2020

Nate Simpson

Geography Associate Degrees Awarded Spring 2020
Arzate, Jessica
Bonsell, Katherine
Hajic, Zachary
Johnson, Olivia
Masanzi, Kennedy
Ujifusa, Tyler
Donahue, Benjamin
Duggan, Adam
Mitchell, Carter 
Geology Program Awards

Dr. Robert S. Gray Award - Outstanding Geological Sciences Major  - Lydia Kaestner

Jan Dependahl Spirit of Geology Award - Excellence and Dedication to the Field - Alex Sasich

Thomas Bennett Award - Outstanding First Year Geology Student - Paris  White and Cody Atwood

Marty McCreary Selfridge Geology Scholarship - For Academic Achievement and Department Involvement - Katherine Bonsell

Doug McGibbon Field Award - For Dedication to the Field of Geology - Ardyn Wallo

Muriel Norton Award - for an Outstanding Geology Major involved in CGS events  - Joe Dattillo

Ronald A. Chromy Memorial Scholarships (SBCC Foundation) - Taji Tanner and  Katheriine Bonsell

Carl Sagan Memorial Science Scholarship (SBCC Foundation) - Austin Abreu

Jeff Marshall Award - Chiara Corbo and David Nims

Happy Face of Geology - Riley Vance-Geydesen

Successful Completion of Mineralogy-Petrology - Kyle Davis

Off-Campus Recognition

Ventura Gem and Mineral Society Scholarship - Sandra Jensen

API Scholarships
Jorge Barron
Joe Datillo
Taylor Trevino
Alex Sasich
Chiara Corbo
Taji Tanner
Ardyn Wallo
Coast Geological Society Awards
Jorge Barron
Alex Sasich 

Earth & Planetary Science Tutors

Geography and Geology Tutors
Lea Beuker
Alex Sasich
Austin Abreu
Courtney Miller
Kainalu Kamai
Katherine Bonsell
Piper Lovegreen
Rory America

Katelyn Weise

Astronomy Tutors
Jason Barrios
Lea Bueker
Valeria Canales
Zarina Dhillon
Sean Fox
Kenny Galindo
Juliene Grandy
Aidan Hogge
Liz Munday
Lonnie Pryor
Tori Roaf
Dustin Silva
Jose Thomas-Rochin
Nina Vukcevic
Christian Wicklein

Peer Mentors

Taylor Trevino
Ardyn Wallo
Nelson Roosendahl
Kai Kamai
Tristan Daily
Diana Valentino
Ryan Graham
Courtney Miller
Anna Lozier
Cody Atwood
David Nims
Chiara Corbo
Riley Vance-Geydesen

Geology Field Trip Tutors

Ruben Underwood-Aguilar
 Ben Early
Katherine Weiss

Earth & Planetary Science Clubs

Brianna Del Pozzo
Kenny Galindo
Robert Smith
Tomas Carroll
Thomas Miller
Aidan Hogge
Matthew Martins
Valeria Canales
Ale Granados
Lea Buker
Zarina Dhillon
Jackson Weidmann
President: Jessica Arzate 
Vice President: Costa Sarran
Treasurer: Kennedy Masanzi 
Secretary: Emilio Fuentes
President –  Alex Sasich
Vice President – Nelson Roosendahl (Fall), Sandra Jensen (Spring)
Treasurer – Ardyn Wallo
American Association of Petroleum Geologists  CLUB OFFICERS
President – Lydia Kaestner
Vice President – Katherine Bonsell
Treasurer – Kainalu Kamai
President: Brandon Reedel 
Vice President: Bryce Mateer
Treasurer: Zhaohui (Craig) Xie 
Congratulations to our award recipients and all our students for what you bring to the department. Your energy, enthusiasm, and committment, make our department the wonderful place that it is! 

About Our Program


Earth and Planetary Science is for explorers! Their discoveries are worlds away and also next door. They study mountains and plains, oceans and atmosphere, the history of the earth and the life it supports, the origins of the universe, and the social, cultural, and economic relationship of humans to their environment.

At Santa Barbara City College, Earth and Planetary Sciences students can choose from a wide variety of courses, including Geology, Geography, Oceanography, Weather and Climate, Astronomy and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). All are designed to prepare them for exciting and rewarding careers.


We are excited about our new Astronomy major!  For more information on our program and classes we offer, please visit our Astronomy Home Page.

 The Geology Major

Geologists are engaged in many important and exciting careers around the world. They evaluate environmental issues and impacts, assess geohazards such as earthquake, flooding, or landslide potential, explore for economic resources such as mineral, ground water or energy resources, and advise us on our interactions with earth systems.

 Working as a geologist offers benefits not found in many professions. Time is usually divided between the office and the out-of-doors, and there are frequent opportunities for travel. Most geologists see their work as more than just a job; they see it as a way of life. 

Our Goal…..

To provide you with the best two-year geology education available, and to prepare you with an excellent geologic foundation for transfer.

For more information, please visit our Geology Home Page

The Geography Major

Geography is the science of space and place. Geographers study spatial relationships and the distribution of resources, people, and cultures around the world and the human-environmental relationship. Human activities and the influence of the natural environment and our future within this environment are the main focus of geographers.

Career Opportunities
The Associate in Arts Degree in Geography provides for a liberal education and prepares students for positions in business, government, environmental solutions, resource management, inter-cultural communication, forestry, teaching, and GIS. 

For more information, please visit our Geography Home Page

Department Offices

NOTE: All faculty and staff are not working on campus at this time. Please use email as the best way to reach anyone in Earth Sciences during the Coronavirus stay-at-home order. 

Information/Assistance:  EBS 114, ext. 2315
Elizabeth Gans, Administrative Assistant (EBS-114, ext. 2315),
Eiko Kitao, Lab Technician (EBS-114, ext. 3637),
Kevin McNichol, Lab Technician (EBS-118, 730-4116),
Jens-Uwe Kuhn, Dean,

Faculty and Offices
  • William Dinklage, Chair, Geology (EBS-111, ext. 4114),
  • Sean Kelly, Astronomy/Physics (EBS-116, ext. 3480),
  • Stephanie Mendes, Geology (EBS-110, 730-4113),
  • Erin O’Connor, Astronomy EBS-112, ext. 4723),
  • Kristen Sneddon, Geology (EBS-117, ext. 4270),