Environmental Geosciences, M.Sc. | California State University East Bay | Hayward, United States
12 months
15557 USD/year
15557 USD/year
8429 USD/year
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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at California State University East Bay offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree in Environmental Geosciences, focusing on near surface and environmental geology, seismic hazards and Bay Area tectonics, and water and soil characterization and remediation.


This program is designed to prepare students for:

  • employment as geologists and environmental scientists in government (city, county, regional, state, and federal) and private consulting firms (environmental, engineering, and geotechnical firms, mining and oil companies, etc.);
  • professional licensing requirements;
  • doctoral study in environmental science, geology, geochemistry, and geophysics; and
  • teaching at the Community College level
  • The department also provides continuing education for professional geologists, engineers, planners, etc.

Our Environmental Geosciences program at California State University East Bay is unique in the bay area in that many courses are offered in the evenings, and augmented by field experiences. Graduate seminars address diverse subjects; for example, geochemical evolution of groundwater, natural tracers of geologic processes, tectonic geomorphology, earthquake hazards, bay area tectonics, near-surface geophysics, and modern depositional environments. 

We maintain strong connections with East Bay Regional Parks, the California Environmental Protection Agency, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NASA Ames, the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.


  • Scientist for federal, state, or local regulatory, governmental, or research agency
  • Project leader, geologist, or hydrogeologist at environmental consulting company
  • Geologist or geophysicist for energy company
  • Instructor at community college
  • Engineering geologist for consulting company or regulatory agency
  • Research scientist at National Laboratory

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Near Surface Geophysics 
  • Seismic Exploration 
  • Earthquake Geology 
  • Biogeochemistry
  • The Science of Soils 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • If you were educated outside of the U.S., you must have earned a degree equivalent to a 4-year U.S. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An official determination of eligibility will be made during the application process.
  • English language proficiency
  • Statement of Purpose
  • CV / Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15557 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15557 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    15557 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15557 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8429 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8429 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Hayward

1370 - 2510 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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