Cal Poly Pomona

Geological Sciences Department

Welcome to Cal Poly Pomona Geology!

Through hands-on learning methods, faculty-mentored research, and exposure to current technology, our students acquire skills applicable to careers in the Geosciences and related disciplines. The Department’s programs provide a global perspective for problem solving, decision making and leadership roles in a changing world. Our Geology BSc program has three different tracks: Geology, Geophysics/Earth Exploration and Environmental Resources. Our Geology MSc program prepares graduates for employment in industry and teaching. Those seeking information about the Master's degree should click on the Master's Program Tab.

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Geology Department Welcomes Assistant Professor Nick Van Buer

May 20,2014 - The Geology Department welcomes Assistant Professor Nick Van Buer to Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Van Buer is an accomplished field petrologist with expertise in U-Pb and Ar40/Ar39 geochronology. READ MORE...

GSC 440 Mining and Exploration back by Popular Demand

Oct. 16, 2013 - Due to numerous requests GSC 440 Mining and Exploration Geology will be taught Winter Quarter, 2014. The course examines the mining industry from the perspective of the working geologist. READ MORE...

Geological Sciences Department now on Facebook!

June 20, 2013 - Like the Department on Facebook and get updates on seminars, classes, internships, research projects and much more.


June 16, 2013 - Congratulations to the Geology graduates! BIGGER PICTURE...

Assistant Professor Osborn Receives NSF Grant

November 13, 2012 - Dr. Stephen Osborn, Assistant Professor of Geology, has been awarded a $750,000 grant for water quality research from the National Science Foundation. READ MORE...

Geology and Biology Majors Back From Hawaii

July 20, 2012 - Students and faculty have returned from a unique Geology/Environmental Biology field experience in Hawaii, made possible by funding from our subcontract with PCC (see below). READ MORE...

Geology Majors Embark on Summer Internships and Field Experiences

June 11, 2012 - Geology majors are engaged in a variety of internships and research experiences this summer, working from localities including Alaska, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Arizona and southern California. READ MORE...

Geology Bachelor's Degree Recipients Bound to Graduate School

June 10, 2012 - Geology faculty present the graduating class of 2012 and congratulate seven BS degree recipients who will start graduate school in the fall. READ MORE...

Geology Majors Present Research At Seismological Society of America Conference

April 20, 2012 - Six students presented posters at the annual Seismological Society of America meeting in San Diego. Alumnus Chad Severson received a student presentation award. READ MORE...

Archive of Older News Stories


Andrew BarnhartAndrew Barnhart, a transfer from Pasadena City College, is pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Geology with great zeal. Andrew was recently awarded our Henderson-Valles scholarship in June, 2012 to recognize his academic abilities and efforts to conduct research.

Audra HanksAudra Hanks- Recipient of our 2011 Henderson-Valles Academic Achievement scholarship, Audra is a senior Geology major. She has gained much practical experience through geoscience research and various industry internships.

Logan WicksLogan Wicks is joining our new Master's degree program this fall (2012) after 2 years away from Cal Poly working as an environmental geoscientist with RMT, Inc.

Jessy BrunsJessy Bruns finished her Bacholor's degree in Geology last winter (2012) after completing two research projects on very different topics (volcanic geochemistry and rare earth mineral exploration. Results were presented in separate posters at GSA conferences in Anaheim, CA and Logan, Utah

Rebecca GreenwoodRebecca Greenwood is a Senior geology major working this summer (2012) as an intern for Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC). Her past research endeavors include investigation of earthquakes induced by Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii

Shawn MorrishShawn Morrish , also joining our Master's program this fall, recently completed his senior thesis project on Quaternary river terraces along the Rio Ora on the central Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. Shawn is coauthor on sevaral GSA presentations.


Randal BurnsKacie Wellington - 2012 Kacie works as an exploration geologist for Alaska Earth Sciences, Inc., a company that contracts projectswith major gold and copper mining exploration firms in Alaska. READ MORE
Randal BurnsRandal Burns - 2006  Randal is employed by Robinson Nevada Mining Company, a subsidiary of Quadra Limited, in Ruth, Nevada. Ruth is located in White Pine County in northeastern Nevada. The Robinson Mine produces copper with by-product gold and molybdenum. READ MORE
Randal BurnsLauren Carey - 2009 has taken a new position modeling groundwater flow systems for Geoscience Support Services, Inc. Lauren's previous achievements include the valedictorian award from the College of Science (2009) and recipient of a Master's degree in Hydrology from University of Idaho (2011). READ MORE
Jeremy LancasterJeremy Lancaster - 2000   Jeremy graduated in 2000 after completing a senior thesis investigation of a landslide in Chino Hills State Park. After working several years as a geologist for CalTrans, Jeremy earned his Professional Geologist and Engineering Geologist certification from the State of California. READ MORE

Sep. 8-11, 2013  2013 SCEC Annual Meeting - Palm Springs, CA
Oct. 27-30, 2013  2013 GSA Annual Meeting - Denver, Colorado
Dec. 9-13, 2013  2013 Fall AGU Meeting - San Francisco CA
Apr. 30- May 2, 2014  2014 Seismological Society of America Meeting - Anchorage, Alaska