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Geological Sciences

Department of Geological Sciences

Events and Announcements

  • The Geology Department will be hosting a Geology Department Alumni camping trip on the weekend of April 29-30. The campout will be at Lake Cachuma and will include field trips.

    Read more about the Alumni campout.

  • The Geology Department hosted the South Coast Geological Society dinner meeting on Monday, March 6.Dr. Matt Becker spoke on "Where Groundwater Meets Ocean: California, Easter Island, Hawaii, and Tahiti."

    Read more about this event.

  • New geophysicist Dr. Jayne Bormann joins the Geology Department. Dr. Bormann received her PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno and was most recently at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

    Read more about Dr. Bormann.

  • Geology lecturer 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 the University of Ca' Foscari, in hopes of developing a yearly CSULB study-abroad course to Italy.

    Read more about this grant.

  • A Department of Energy Geothermal Grant of $450,000 to study fluid flow in bedrock using fiber optic distributed acoustic sensing technology is funding two Masters of Science students.

    Read about the geothermal grant.

  • The Johnson-Conrey Endowment to support outstanding graduate students was renewed for a 2nd 3-year term.

    Read about the endowment.

  • MARS Project industrial affiliates program surpasses the $800,000 milestone of donations for research and salary support for grads and undergrads.

    Read about the MARS Program.

  • CSULB award-winning presentations at AAPG and SEPM.

    Read about the AAPG/SEPM awards.

  • Professor Stan Finney elected Secretary General of IUGS.

    Read about Dr. Finney and the IUGS.

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

Professor Robert Francis and Sue Ollweiler

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 Geo 350 First Spring 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