• Department of Geological Sciences

Academic Programs

Geology is an exciting major for students with broad scientific interests and a love of the natural systems and history of our planet. The blend of interpretive scientific ability and historical perspective gained by our students gives them an important role in society. Graduates of the Department apply skills and knowledge learned in the field, laboratory, and classroom toward the solution of complex problems concerning natural resources, hazards and environmental pollution and preservation. The Geology program at Northridge values oral and written communication skills so that graduates can clearly present solutions and options to the public.

The Department of Geological Sciences at California State University Northridge offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Geology, Environmental Geology, and Secondary Teaching and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Geology. These options provide ample theoretical and practical opportunities essential for further studies and for professional careers in engineering and environmental industries, petroleum, governmental agencies and teaching careers.

California State University Northridge geology graduates rank very high in pass-rate percentage on the Professional Geologist Examination conducted by the California State Board of Registration. Many of our graduates have been extremely successful in their professional careers as private geology consultants or as governmental employees. The Department is proud of its graduates, and we view this high pass rate and professional success as a reflection of graduates’ professionalism and our excellent program.

We hope you find our homepage informative. Please contact the following advisors or the departmental staff if you have any questions about our degree and research options or other opportunities such as Teaching and Research assistantships.

Undergraduate Advisor, Geology option:
For Spring 2015, Dr. Robinson Cecil

Undergraduate Advisor, Geophysics option:
Dr. Dayanthie Weeraratne

Secondary Teaching Advisor:
Dr. Matthew d'Alessio

Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Kathie Marsaglia

Department of Geological Sciences:
Dr. Doug Yule, Chair

Mari Flores, Administrative Coordinator