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Geological Sciences

Department of Geological Sciences

Events and Announcements

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  • Drs. Hagedorn and Becker have been awarded two National Science Foundation grants to study how groundwater from tropical islands affect coral reefs. They are interested in recruiting M.S. students. Read more about project.
  • Ryan Weller and Maia Davis were presented with the John C. Crowell Graduate Award for Masters theses in sedimentology/stratigraphy. Read more about the award and the students.
  • Dr. Matt Becker and his Masters student Adam Hawkins were selected for recognition by the American Geophysical Union's journal Water Resources Research to receive an "2018 Editor's Choice Award". Read more about the selection.
  • Faculty and grad students presented research on faults and tectonic deformation in Southern California at the So. California Earthquake Center. Read more about the presentations.
  • Faculty and graduates edited and wrote papers for a new book: "From the Mountains to the Abyss: The California Borderland as an Archive of Southern California Geologic Evolution" for the Society for Sedimentary Geology. Read more about the book and the students.
  • Read more Events and Announcements.

Department Seminar Schedule

Held on Wednesdays in HSCI-382 from 12:30 to 1:30pm.

  • September 4 - Nick van Buer
    (Cal Poly Pomona)
    "Eastward escape of Tibet facilitated by mid-crustal upwelling where conjugate faults meet at its western end; with an aside on glacially dammed lakes."
  • September 25 - Jen Garrison
    (CSU Los Angeles)
    "Sumaco Volcano, Ecuador: Investigating mantle melting and slab structure in the rear-arc of Ecuador "
  • October 2 - Eileen Evans
    (CSU Northridge)
    "Geodetic fault slip rates in California: what they are, how well we know them, and how could we know them better."
  • October 9 - Josh West
    (University of Southern California)
    "Uplift, erosion, and the carbon cycle: The problem with an erosional driver of global glaciation"
  • October 16 - Paul Alessio
    (UC Santa Barbara)
    "Short-term patterns and processes of coastal cliff erosion in Santa Barbara, CA"
  • October 30 - Jillian Maloney
    (San Diego State University)
    "Geological Assessment of Submerged Landforms off the Pacific Coast: Implications for Archaeological Resources."
  • November 13 - Nicole Bunoso
    (CSU Fullerton)
  • November 20 - Jessica Wang
    (UC Irvine)
    "Investigating Asian monsoon variability over the last two millennia using cave deposits."
  • December 4 - Alexis Ceballos
    (CSULB Alumna / McAlister Geoscience)
    "McAlister Geoscience, Geological Consulting Firm."

Welcome to The Department of Geological Sciences at California State University Long Beach!

Since 1955, our program has a proud tradition with a continuing commitment in preparing our students for professional careers or further post-graduate education. Our program is based solidly in fundamental geological skills with an emphasis in field experiences. We offer the degrees at both the Bachelor's and Master's level.

We are located 10 minutes from the beach, one hour from the mountains and the San Andreas Fault, and two hours from the desert!

Department Spotlights

Ryan Weller and Maia Davis, winners of the John C. Crowell Graduate Award for Masters theses in sedimentology/stratigraphy

Ryan Weller and Maia Davis


CSULB Geology Club Hosts the First Annual Great Shakeout Event

Great Shakeout crew


Geology students at desk 2015 summer field at SNARL Graduates 2015 Spring Field 2016 Geology graduates 2016 2017 Summer field Geology graduates 2017 Easter Island students Geo 350 First Spring Field Trip Grand Canyon field trip in Summer Ashley, Rick and Jack at the Page museum Ho Tay lake sediment sampling Construction site field training AAPG club field trip Virgin River Gorge field trip Group at the page museum Santa Cruz Island field trip Sediment core sampling in lab IBA Competition Team 2016 Geol 250 in camp Geol 250 Red Rock Canyon mapping

Chair: Dr. Rick Behl,, Hall of Science (HSCI) Room 322, California State University Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840, Phone: (562) 985-5850