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California State University, Long Beach
Geological Sciences

Department of Geological Sciences

Events and Announcements

  • 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 AAPG's 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 SEPM's 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".
  • 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.

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.

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 Geology graduates 2014 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