The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree in Geology. This program is designed to prepare students for:
1.employment as geologists in government (city, county, regional, state, and federal) and private enterprise (engineering and geotechnical firms, mining and oil companies, etc.);
2.research at the doctoral level in various aspects of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and oceanography, depending on their undergraduate background; and
3.the Community College Instructor Credential (the master's degree requirement). The department also provides continuing education for professional geologists, engineers, planners, etc.
To serve graduate students who are employed during the day, all graduate courses in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are offered in the evenings and on weekends. In addition to regular catalog courses, recent graduate seminars and advanced topics courses have dealt with such subjects as computer applications in geology, rock mechanics, applied geophysics, isotope geochemistry, marine geology, sedimentary models, tectonics and sedimentation. Students registered at Cal State East Bay may enrich their graduate programs by enrolling in courses through cross-registration at the University of California, Berkeley. Additional facilities and part-time employment may be secured through Co-op programs, the Lawrence Berkeley and Livermore National Laboratories, and the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park.
Candidates for this degree must be prepared to engage in significant individual research. Lately, student research in this department has included such topics as contaminant hydrogeology, areal geology and slope stability, engineering geology, glacial geology, marine and geothermal geochemistry, volcanic petrology, neotectonics, and fluvial and marine sedimentology. It is very important that prospective candidates determine whether their research interests coincide with those of the faculty members before applying. Interested persons are invited to contact the department directly for more details on the program. Qualifications and advancement in the graduate program are decided by the department Graduate Coordinator with the concurrence of the department faculty.