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Department of Geological Sciences

Events and Announcements

  • The "Stratigraphy, Diagenesis, and Structural Deformation of the Monterey Formation, Central California Coast" (SEPM Field Guidebook 14) by Drs. Richard J. Behl and Michael R. Gross was just recently released. Read more about this publication.
  • CSULB students Joseph Gutierrez and Leo Giannetta win LABGS scholarships. Read more about this event.
  • The Geology Department 2018 Alumni camping trip was held on TBD at TBD and included several field trips. Read more about the campout.
  • CSULB Geological Sciences students made multiple visits to Raymond-Temple Elementary in Buena Park to teach elementary school kids about dinosaurs, volcanoes, minerals. Read more about this event.
  • The Geology Department hosted the South Coast Geological Society March dinner meeting. Dr. Rick Behl presented "The Santa Barbara Record of Two Volcanic Winters Triggered by Twin Yellowstone Supervolcano Eruptions 631,000 years ago." Read more about this meeting.
  • The Geology Department's February seminar speaker was Geology MS student Vural Cakir. Vural shared the culture and geology of Turkey in a fun and informal talk: "The Culture, History, and Geology of Turkey." Read more about Vural's talk.
  • Patrick O'Connell wins the Outstanding Student Presentation Award for his talk at the Groundwater Resources Association of California's 2017 Conference and 26th Annual Meeting. Read more about Patrick's work.
  • Leo Giannetta wins first place in the Master's division for best poster at the Pacific Section American Association of Petroleum Geologists Student Expo. Read more about Leo's work.
  • Geology Department Chair Dr. Rick Behl chosen for President-Elect of the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Read more about the election.
  • Read about other CSULB Geology Department news.

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 Spotlight

Reaching out to new Geoscientists Raymond_Temple3crop

In April, CSULB graduate and undergraduate geology students made multiple visits to Raymond-Temple Elementary in Buena Park to talk to and teach the kids about dinosaurs, volcanoes, and minerals. Community outreach is integral to stimulating the growth of the next generation of geoscientists. Follow our club on Instagram for more updates @csulb_aapg.

Newly released publication Raymond_Temple3crop

The Stratigraphy, Diagenesis, and Structural Deformation of the Monterey Formation, Central California Coast (SEPM Field Guidebook 14) by Richard J. Behl and Michael R. Gross was recently released.

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, 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