The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the California State University, East Bay is the home of the Geology and Environmental Science programs. Located on the tectonically active Hayward fault, we offer a variety of opportunities for students to obtain experience in lab- and field-based studies. We are a small department that prides itself on a feeling of community. Small class sizes guarantee close interaction between students and faculty, with personal attention at all levels.
The undergraduate degree programs consist of required courses plus electives designed to meet the needs of students with objectives ranging from employment at the Bachelor's degree level, through preparation for a secondary school teaching credential, to graduate study in Geology. A B.S. major in Geology is the primary, professional program in Geology, and serves as preparation for employment in the field, usually on a technical level; those wishing to do independent geological work should plan on graduate study. The B.A. degree major is designed for persons who do not necessarily plan to become professional geologists or to go on to graduate work. (Note: Transfer from the B.A. to the B.S. program or vice versa can be accomplished.)
The Department of Geological Sciences offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree in Geology. This program is designed to prepare students for: (1) employment as geologists in government (city, county, regional, state, and federal) and private enterprise (engineering and geotechnical firms, mining and oil companies, etc.); (2) research at the doctoral level in various aspects of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and oceanography, depending on their undergraduate background; and (3) the Community College Instructor Credential (the master's degree requirement). The department also provides continuing education for professional geologists, engineers, planners, etc.
Source: Department Website July 2010