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To honor the career of Richard Squires, outstanding paleontologist and dedicated teacher, we have launched our first-ever Scholarship Challenge to raise funds for the Richard Squires Scholarship. Join the challenge and show that CSUN Geology and Dick Squires rocked your decade by helping its future graduates. Who will win the challenge -- the alumni of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s or 10’s? The race is on! Read more to see how we are doing.
The Department of Geological Sciences is launching completely re-designed Bachelor of Science programs in Fall 2015. The B.S. degree will include two options: Geology and Geophysics. We are proud of the strong tradition of rigorous courses and training that CSUN Geology provides, and we are dedicated to serving academic and professional needs of geoscience students now and in the future. Read more
Richard Squires has been named as the winner of the 2014 Gilbert N. Harris award. This award is given annually by the Paleontological Research Institution in recognition of excellence in contributions to systematic paleontology to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the field. Read more
This semester, the department ushered in a new 'born digital' GE course with the fully online lecture and lab, GEOL 107. Hooked in by watching popular Hollywood disaster movies, students constructed a dinosaur based on a small sampling of bones, played the role of residents in Mammoth Lakes in the middle of a volcanic crisis, designed their own earthquake early warning network, and debated the risks and rewards of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Course design by Drs. Schwartz and d'Alessio was supported by the CSU Chancellor's office, and you can read their report on the inaugural semester of the course here. Read more
For the 2014 Fall Field Frolic we went to Santa Rosa Island. After gathering in the CSUN parking lot we headed to Ventura harbor where we boarded an Island Packers boat and set out to sea. We had smooth sailing and in route we saw whales, dolphins, jellyfish, seals, and other assorted sea life. We also witnessed some great exposures of the geologic strata on the south side of Santa Cruz Island. Read more