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California State University, Long Beach
Geological Sciences

Department of Geological Sciences

Events and Announcements

  • Professors Onderdonk and Bormann and grad students Amber Tucker, Dan Boyd, Drake Kerr and Clay Kelty presented their research on active faults and tectonic deformation in Southern California at the annual meeting of the Southern California Earthquake Center in Palm Springs, September 7-9. Read more about the presentations.
  • Faculty and recent graduates students edited and wrote 5 papers in a new book about the region: "From the Mountains to the Abyss: The California Borderland as an Archive of Southern California Geologic Evolution", a Special Publication of the Society for Sedimentary Geology. Read more about the book and the students.
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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)
  • November 13 - Nicole Bunoso
    (CSU Fullerton)

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

Dr. Lora Stevens-Landon was awarded the 2019 CSULB Distinguished Faculty Advising Award

Dr. Lora Stevens-Landon


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