The Cal Poly Pomona Geology Department offers a program of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Geology. This graduate program is offered collaboratively by the College of Science and the College of the Extended University
Our Master’s program in Geology (MSG) is designed to prepare graduates for employment in all fields of geology, and teaching at secondary and community college levels. Emphasis is placed on applied skills demanded by potential employers. Fundamental to the program is a thorough understanding of basic geologic principles rooted in field and laboratory experiences. The geologic framework provided by the MS degree will enable graduates to meet the intellectual challenges of professional or academic careers and assume leadership roles in their profession. The program is sufficiently flexible to meet student interests in the application of geology to the solution of hydrologic, geophysical, environmental, geo-engineering, or resource extraction problems facing our society. As a polytechnic university we are dedicated to the “Learn by Doing” philosophy and stress practical interactions between students, faculty and industry/ government professionals.
The Geology Department is a member of IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) and is involved in the California State University Water Resources and Policy Initiative. Faculty research endeavors are supported by grants from such agencies as National Science Foundation, USGS National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, Southern California Earthquake Center, Department of Education, and JPL/ Caltech—see News Items and related links at http://geology.csupomona.edu/. The Department maintains a robust alumni network, including many individuals who work in local geosciences industries and government agencies.
The MSG program requires a minimum of 45 quarter units to complete this degree program.
The 30 units of 500 and 600 level courses are $300 per unit.
The 15 units of 400 level courses are subject to the prevailing state tuition rate.
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A Master’s degree in Geology will greatly enhance the job opportunities and career advancement for Earth scientists with Bachelor of Science degrees. Our program targets both working professionals and traditional graduate students who are finishing their Bachelor of Science degrees and perhaps are seeking a stepping stone to a Ph.D. program. Course scheduling will accommodate both afternoon and evening classes with most laboratories and field trips offered on weekends.