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Geological Sciences

Department of Geological Sciences

Events and Announcements

  • The CSULB Geology Deparment will be hosting the South Coast Geological Society dinner meeting on Monday, March 6. The featured speaker will be Dr. Matt Becker speaking on "Where Groundwater Meets Ocean: California, Easter Island, Hawaii, and Tahiti."

    Read more about this event.

  • 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 more 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.

  • The CSULB Geology's MARS Project industrial affiliates program surpassed the $800,000 milestone of total corporate donations to provide research and salary support to graduate and undergraduate students.

    Read about the MARS Program.

  • Two CSULB research presentations won awards at the recent joint meeting of the Pacific and Rocky Mountain sections of the AAPG and SEPM.

    Read about the AAPG/SEPM awards.

  • Professor Stan Finney has been elected Secretary General of the 121 nation International Union of Geological Sciences.

    Read story about Dr. Finney and the IUGS.

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.

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