California State University Long Beach

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The Department of Geological Sciences offers a comprehensive program of courses coupled with appropriate thesis projects leading to the Master of Science in Geology at California State University Long Beach. 


Within Geology at California State University Long Beach, students specialize in any of a number of sub-disciplines including paleoclimatology, environmental geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology, mineralogy and petrology, tectonic geomorphology, paleontology.

The Geological Sciences includes the study of the solid earth, the hydrosphere, and the atmosphere. All Earth Science and Geology majors must contact the Undergraduate Advisor prior to the first semester in residence.

The Geological Sciences Department participates in the Southern California Marine Institute for marine geology, oceanography, and seismic studies.

Offshore Resources

The Department has access to an ocean-going research vessel, support staff, and dockside facilities of the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI), a consortium of several California State University campuses, University of Southern California, and Occidental College.

Career Possibilities:

  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Hydrologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Paleontologist
  • Seismologist
  • Geophysical Prospector
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Soils Engineer
  • Stratigrapher
  • Crystallographer
  • Geodesist
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Oceanographer
  • Teacher
  • Petrologist
  • Ecologist
  • Geochemist

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Biogeochemical Cycles 
  • Sedimentary Petrology 
  • Seminar in Structural Geology and Tectonic 
  • Tectonic Geomorphology 
  • California Geology 
  • Seminar on Mass Extinctions 
  • Seminar on Integrated Stratigraphy 
  • Environmental Geochemistry 
  • Stable Isotopes 
  • Special Topics in Geology 
  • Contaminant Hydrogeology 
  • Physical Hydrology 
  • Advanced Topics in Sedimentology 

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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

  •  Department Application Form, available from the Department Office
  • Personal Statement/Letter of Intent
  •  Official transcripts of all college level academic work including that done at CSULB, in addition to those transcripts required for general graduate admission to CSULB;
  •  Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic performance and research potential. Instructions, including forms to be used for these letters, are included in the Department application form
  • Official reports of scores on the General test of the Graduate Record Examination.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3588 USD/year
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  • National

    3588 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 3588 USD per year and a duration of  .


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