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Department of Geological Sciences

Events and Announcements

  • The Geology Department is happy to invite you to attend the March 12 dinner meeting of the South Coast Geological Society in the Chartroom, 6:00-9:00pm. Rick Behl will present his topic "The Santa Barbara Record of Two Volcanic Winters Triggered by Twin Yellowstone Supervolcano Eruptions 631,000 years ago." RSVP is required.
  • The Geology Department's seminar speaker on February 21 was geology MS student Vural Çakir. Vural is a Master's Grant recipient from the Turkish Fulbright Commission. He will shared the culture and geology of Turkey in a fun and informal talk with lots of pictures. The title of Vural's talk was "The Culture, History, and Geology of Turkey." Seminar Time and Location: Wednesday, February 21, 12:30pm in HSCI 382.
  • 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.

  • Patrick O'Connell won 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.

  • Geology Department Chair Dr. Rick Behl is President-Elect of the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

    Read more about the election.

  • The Geology Department Alumni camping trip was held on April 29-30 at Lake Cachuma and included several field trips.

    Read more about the Alumni campout.

  • Several CSULB Geology students have been awarded PSAAPG and LABGS scholarships, including John Farrell, Joseph Gutierrez and Cesar Mejia.

    Read more about the scholarships.

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

    Read more about this meeting.

  • 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


In the first week of April, the geology students from the CSULB Department of Geological Sciences made multiple visits to Raymond-Temple Elementary in Buena Park. About a dozen graduate and undergraduate majors excited the elementary kids by teaching them about dinosaurs, volcanoes, minerals, etc. Thanks to the members of the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Chapter and other students in the department.


Conception and organization of this wonderful event was done by the AAPG Community Outreach Chair, Kelsey Doiron. Community outreach is an integral to stimulating the growth of the next generation of geoscientists. We thank everyone for volunteering their time for this worthy cause. * Follow our club on Instagram for more updates @csulb_aapg.

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