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Faculty research interests, the proximity of the campus to the petroleum industry, and easy access to a diverse assortment of geological environments permit the student to select from a broad spectrum of research topics during the completion of this comprehensive graduate program designed to prepare students for professional positions in the environmental and petroleum industries. Students have access to the following research tools and labs: quantitative x-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscope, photomicroscopy lab, sedimentology lab, paleomagnitism lab, geophysics lab, water chemistry lab, seismic monitoring station.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGY
The MS Program in Geology is designed to: (1) offer a terminal degree program which will train individuals with the competence required by the geological profession for employment in industry and government agencies; (2) improve the professional skills and stature of persons already employed; (3) enable promising students to attain a level of knowledge and ability required for admission to a Ph.D. program at another institution; and (4) provide course work and research experience for students planning to teach at the junior college level.
Admission to the Program
Persons seeking an MS in Geology must first apply to the Office of Admissions and Records for admission as unclassified graduate students. After admission to the university in the unclassified category, students are eligible to take graduate courses in Geology, but without the assurance that their course work will count as credit towards the MS degree at CSUB. After admission to the university in the unclassified category, students should apply to the Graduate Committee of the Department to be advanced to conditionally classified or classified status.
Classified and Candidate Status
Conditionally Classified Status -- Acceptance at a Conditionally Classified Standing indicates the space has been made available for the student within the program and that the student has met the minimum preparation requirements to commence the program as listed below.
Completion of all requirements for the Master of Science in Geology required satisfactory completion of all courses in an approved Plan of Study and satisfactory completion of a thesis, including oral examination and any revisions required by the Thesis Committee or Departmental Graduate Committee, and maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN GEOLOGY
A minimum of 45 units of course work is required for the MS in Geology. The following courses are required of all students:
GEOL 525 Applied Hydrogeochemistry (5)
After a review of the pertinent principles of aquatic geochemistry, this course focuses on the practical application of these principles to groundwater issues. Topics include water sampling protocol, graphical and statistical methods for the interpretation of hydrogeochemical data, composition and evolution of natural waters, and environmental issues such as mobility of metals in the subsurface, acid mine drainage, and risk assessment and clean-up at hazardous waste sites. Throughout the course, the geochemical speciation model MINTEQA2 will be used to model the composition of pristine and contaminated waters. Prerequisite: GEOL 420, GEOL 475, or consent of instructor.
GEOL 555 Contaminant Hydrogeology (5)
Course will provide an understanding of the processes that govern the mobility and fate of contaminants in subsurface environments and of the methods that are used to remediate contaminated sites. Topics include a review of the equations describing the flow of groundwater and the transport of contaminants in groundwater, processes that control the transport and transformation of contaminants in the saturated zone and the vadose zone, multiphase flow, reactions of organic and inorganic contaminants, soil and groundwater sampling, and remediation technology for contaminated soils and groundwater. Prerequisites: GEOL 420, GEOL 475, or consent of instructor.
GEOL 570 Oil Field Development (5)
Formation evaluation and testing, production methods, water drive, methods of enhanced oil recovery. Prerequisites: GEOL 460 or permission of instructor.
GEOL 577 Advanced Topics in Geology (1-5)
Topics and prerequisites to be announced. May be repeated for different topics. General prerequisite: Major or minor in Geology. A field trip fee may be required. Consult the Class Schedule for specific details.
GEOL 580 Advanced Research Participation (1-5)
Individual scientific investigation, under supervision. (Experience as a research assistant does not count for credit.) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. If applied toward the MS degree, research must be different from the studentís thesis topic.
GEOL 604 Advanced Sedimentation (5)
Classification and genesis of sedimentary rocks with emphasis on textural analysis, depositional processes and paleoenvironmental interpretation. Field and laboratory studies will focus on Cenozoic sedimentary rocks of southern California and computer modeling of depositional systems. Prerequisite: GEOL 309. A field trip may be required. Consult class schedule for specific details.
GEOL 605 Advanced Micropaleontology (5)
Advanced studies in the morphology, taxonomy, ecology, and paleoecology of microfossils, with emphasis on foraminifera, radiolaria, ostracods, and pollen. Field oriented laboratory projects will focus on biofacies analysis, stratigraphic sequences of microfauna, microfaunal correlation, phylogenesis of foraminifera, and applied micropaleontology. Prerequisite: GEOL 309. A field trip fee may be required. Consult the Class Schedule for specific details.
GEOL 606 Advanced Sedimentary Petrology (5)
Mineralogy, petrology, classification and genesis of sedimentary rocks with emphasis on geochemistry and post-depositional processes including diagenesis. Field and laboratory studies will focus on outcrop and cores of Cenozoic rocks of southern California. Prerequisites: GEOL 306 and 309.
GEOL 607 Advanced Structural Geology (5)
Topics in advanced structural geology based on petrographic, geophysical, and experimental data combined with field observations. Prerequisites: GEOL 306, 307, and 325. A field trip fee may be required. Consult the Class Schedule for specific details.
GEOL 609 Advanced Stratigraphy (5)
Application of principles and techniques of stratigraphic analysis to the interpretation of time equivalence, depositional systems, and paleogeography of stratigraphic sequences. Lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, and sedimentological and petrologic approaches will be incorporated into laboratory/field projects. Emphasis will be on Cenozoic rock units in Southern California. Prerequisites: GEOL 305 and 309. A field trip fee may be required. Consult the Class Schedule for specific details.
GEOL 610 Low Temperature Geochemistry (5)
Introduction to low-temperature rock-water interactions and aqueous geochemistry including weathering and surface-water chemistry, mechanisms of authigenesis and diagenesis, pore-fluid chemistry, clay mineralogy, and environmental geochemistry. Laboratory work will focus on the examination of rock-water interactions in fresh- and salt-water aquifers in the San Joaquin Basin. Prerequisites: CHEM 212, GEOL 306, 309, and 310. A field trip fee may be required. Consult the Class Schedule for specific details.
GEOL 625 Shallow Subsurface Exploration Methods (5)
Advanced study of shallow subsurface exploration methods. Topics my include surface methods such as reflection and refraction seismology, gravity, magnetics, electrical resistivity, electromag-
netics and ground penetrating radar. Geophysical well logging may also be included. Classroom component consists of brief overview of methods followed by advanced topics such as signal processing, advanced interpretation techniques, and critique of case studies. Field and lab components consist of acquisition, processing, and modeling of gravity, magnetic, seismic refraction, electrical resistivity, electromagnetic and ground penetrating radar data. Prerequisite: Calculus and an introductory course in geophysics or permission of the instructor. A field trip fee may be required. Consult the class schedule for specific details.
GEOL 650 Groundwater Flow Modeling (5)
Course will include a review of the principles of groundwater flow and transport equations and models. Special emphasis and hands-on experience with the USGS models MODFLOW and MOC. Prerequisites: GEOL 475 and familiarity with MS.DOS operating system. Students are encouraged to have completed GEOL 555.
GEOL 677 Advanced Topics in Geology (5)
Topics and prerequisites to be announced. May be repeated for different topics. These will include such subjects as: advanced economic geology; advanced seismology; computer applications in geology/geostatistics; exploration geophysics; exploration techniques in groundwater geology; hydrogeology; neotectonics; photogeology and remote sensing; seismic stratigraphy; tectonic evolution of California; underground fluids; and West Coast stratigraphy. Specific areas designated when offered, and prerequisites listed depending on the specific topics. A field trip fee may be required. Consult the Class Schedule for specific details.
GEOL 690 Masterís Thesis (5-9)
Either laboratory or field investigation, or both, on a research problem. Preparation, completion, and submission of a written thesis approved by the Thesis Committee and the Departmental Graduate Committee, which is defended orally. Credit is given only for research underlying thesis, or writing of thesis. May be taken for a total not exceeding 9 units. Credit on acceptance of the thesis. Instructor is normally chairperson of studentís thesis committee. Prerequisites: Classified status and an officially appointed thesis committee.
GEOL 700 Continuous Enrollment (1-5)
Registration required for all students who have completed course work, but have not completed the thesis. The student will continue to register each quarter for GEOL 700 until the thesis is completed and successfully defended. Prerequisite: Prior registration in GEOL 690 with a grade of SP.
Certificate in Hydrogeology Program -- Applicants should have a BA or BS in Geology or a directly related field. Applicants in related fields should have completed course work in Physical and Historical Geology, Stratigraphy and Sedimentation, Structural Geology, and one year each of college chemistry, physics and calculus. Some of the courses in the Certificate program may have additional prerequisites. Applicants must be accepted as Post-baccalaureate students at CSUB. The certificate will require a total of at least 25 units of credit, 15 units of which must be completed at the CSUB campus, and shall be composed of the following required and elective courses.
Courses required for a certificate in Hydrogeology are: