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Geological Sciences

Department of Geological Sciences

Events and Announcements

  • Ms. Carla Weaver's proposal “Volcanic Hazards in Naples Metropolitan Area” has been selected for funding for the faculty incentive travel grant program, Professors Around the World (PAW). This grant will fund preparatory work to develop a relationship with theUniversity of Ca’ Foscari, in hopes of developing a yearly CSULB study-abroad course to Italy to study different natural hazards, including volcanic activity.
  • Professor Stan Finney has been elected Secretary General of the 121 nation International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). Dr. Finney had served as the Chair of the International Commission on Stratigraphy, a key scientific body in the IUGS which precisely defines global units that are the basis for the International Geologic Time Scale.
  • Two CSULB research presentations won awards at the recent joint meeting of the Pacific and Rocky Mountain sections of the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) and SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology). Michael Thompson and his advisor, Prof. Dan Francis, won the H. Victor Church Award for the best poster presented at an annual meeting for "Tectonic Evolution of the Palos Verdes Fault - Lasuen Knoll Segment, Offshore Southern California". Ryan Weller (with co-author Dr. Rick Behl) won the Patrick Abbott Award for the outstanding poster by a graduate student for "Compositional and diagenetic relationships and controls of mechanical behavior in siliceous mudstones of the upper Monterey Formation, Belridge Oilfield, San Joaquin Basin, California".
  • The CSULB Geology's MARS Project industrial affiliates program surpassed the $800,000 milestone of total corporate donations that over 5 years have provided research and salary support to more than 18 graduate and 8 undergraduate students. Contact Dr. Rick Behl for more information.
  • The Johnson-Conrey Endowment to support outstanding graduate students was renewed for a 2nd 3-year term. Each of the Graduate fellowships provides a 2-year $15,000/year scholarship.
  • A Department of Energy Geothermal Grant of $450,000 over three years to study fluid flow in bedrock using fiber optic distributed acoustic sensing technology is funding two Masters of Science students through September of 2017. Contact Dr. Matthew Becker for more information.

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

Our program has a proud 50-year tradition of producing some of the best geologists in Southern California. We have a field-based curriculum and world renowned faculty. We are located 10 minutes from the beach, one hour from the mountains and the San Andreas Fault, and two hours from the desert!

We offer the degrees at the Bachelor's and Master's level. Please look around our website to learn more about us or drop us an email.

Geology student awards

Professor Robert Francis and Sue Ollweiler at the annual Johnson-Conrey Fellowship Holiday Luncheon.

  • Professor Robert Francis presented a copy of his new book - "Black Gold in California: the story of the California petroleum industry" - to Sue Ollweiler at the annual Johnson-Conrey Fellowship Holiday Luncheon. Sue is the Executive Director of the Carl W. Johnson Foundation, which, since 2011, has provided $500,000 for 2-year scholarships for outstanding graduate students in geological sciences. The program is currently funded through 2021.
  • Geology student awards Summer field 2015 Geology graduates 2015 Spring Field 2016 Easter Island students San Gabriel mountains field trip Grand Canyon field trip in Summer Grand Canyon field trip in winter Mountain Stream work Ho Tay lake sediment sampling Geology Poster session Construction site field training AAPG Club field trip Virgin River Gorge Zion field trip Geology graduates 2016 Night time hydrology measurements Santa Cruz Island field trip Sediment core sampling in lab IBA Competition Team 2016

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