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Geology Department

Welcome to the Geology Department

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The faculty and staff of the CSUS Geology Department are committed to providing the best geological education available anywhere. We meet this commitment through high-quality teaching, close student-faculty interaction, undergraduate and graduate research, and an emphasis on field geology.

We offer B.A. and B.S. degrees in Geology and a B.A. degree in Earth Science. We also offer a Master of Science degree in Geology, with student opportunities in applied hydrogeology, aqueous geochemistry, engineering geology, geophysics, groundwater modeling, igneous petrology, mineralogy, sedimentology & stratigraphy, structure & tectonics, surficial processes, and volcanology.

Geology Department News

Spring 2017 Scholarships
Information and applications for Spring 2017 Scholarships available! Check out our scholarship page here for the links.  

Geol 188 - Advanced Geologic Mapping
Application and information about our 2017 Field Camp are now available. If you are a Sac State student, please click here for the application.  For more information or if you are not a Sac State student, please see our website here.

Made At Sac State
Check out a recent article in the Sac Bee, Unusual Delta algae bloom worries researchers, featuring alumni Katy O'Donnell and Brian Downing as well as Brian Bergamaschi from USGS. 

One World Initiative - Global Prospectives on Inheritance
Initiated by the Provost's Advisory Committee on Curricular Global Engagement, Sacramento State's One World Initiative is a new campus-wide initiative intended to bring together and highlight the many global engagement opportunities at Sacramento State, both within the curriculum and within the broader campus environment. Read more about it at 

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Equipco Sales & Service, Inc. of Concord, California donated Solinst 3001 Levelogger instruments to our department! Equipco provides sales, rentals, and service of instruments used for air monitoring, water quality monitoring, and environmental sampling. Visit the Equipco Environmental Equipment Rental Website for more information about their products and services or call 1-888-234-5678.

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EnviroTech Services proudly supports the CSU, Sacramento Geology department with contributions and rocks for the annual Rock and Gem Auction. We also provide quality environmental products for purchase and rent. Owned by a Geologist and providing equipment for Geologists. Call 1-800-468-8921 or visit