Environmental Geosciences

California State University East Bay

12 months
15546 USD/year
15546 USD/year
8274 USD/year
Tuition fee
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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.

Career Opportunities

  • 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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




31 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

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.
  • Have the equivalent of a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Pay the 70.00 USD non-refundable application fee. 
  • Official academic records of all colleges or universities attended (High School Transcripts are not required)
  • English language exam score (TOEFL or IELTS)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15546 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15546 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    15546 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15546 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    8274 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8274 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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