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Master of Science Environmental Sciences (MSES)

Welcome to the M.S. in Environmental Sciences program and to the M.S. in Geology program! These are derived from the  M.S. program in Earth and Environmental Sciences (MSEES) that we established in 2006 under the quarter system. Here you will find information about each degree program, admission requirements, degree requirements, and other information for potential applicants as well as current graduate students.

These programs are hosted collaboratively by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Geological Sciences, although we each officially are responsible for one or the other.

Continuous Enrollment -- Graduate students are required to be continuously enrolled (with some exceptions for summer).  A zero-unit course is available to maintain continuous enrollment: https://www.csusb.edu/pace/courses-programs/education/continuous-enrollment-graduate-candidacy-standing

 

Starting with Semesters in Fall 2020, we have two separate master's degrees:

While these each have their own curriculum, we have retained links between them so that each cadre of students can benefit from each other's perspectives.

Road Map for MS in Geology
MSG_Road_Map_0.pdf
 

Road Map for MS in Environmental Sciences
MSES_Road_Map_1.pdf

 

PLOs and Rubrics for MSES and MSG

Theses and Projects completed to date:

2022

Darrow, Devin, 2022, The effectiveness of vest management practices implemented at Lake Gregory, Crestline, CA, 85 p.
https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/1471

Estrada, Jovany, 2022, Using a Geospatial Analysis Tool to Visualize Water Impairments and Engage Stakeholders in the San Bernardino National Forest, 62 p. https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/1438

Frey, Anna, 2022, Identifying associations between human-environmental factors and water quality trends observed at perennial headwater streams of the San Bernardino National Forest, CA, 105 p. https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/1448

Hunter, Lenai, 2022, identification and analysis of the contribution of various sources of total dissolved solids (TDS) in Lake Elsinore potable water and wastewater, 104 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/1489

2021

Chavez, Luz, 2021, Laboratory investigation of cyanide evolution during reaction between hypochlorous acid and glycine,  63 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/1302/

VonSydow, Kathryn, 2021, Reconstructing the 1856-7 California mining patterns from placer gold recovered from the wreck of the SS Central America, 144 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/1318

Ukaru, Sandra, 2021, EPA applications to identify headwater watershed changes and best management practices in the San Bernardino National Forest, 154 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/1260

2020

Blua, Madeline, 2020, Correlations between soil redness and soil properties that affect non-native annual plant distribution in chaparral and California sage scrub, 103 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/1068/

Rex, Elias, 2020, Geospatial applications to mitigate concentrated animal feeding operations from impacting surface water resources, 86 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/1108

Rivera, Graciela, 2020, Low Impact Development Best Management Practices Comprehensive Overview and Case Study, 261 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/1062/

2019

Castillo, Bryan, 2019, Ages of prehistoric earthquakes on the Banning strand of the San Andreas Fault near north Palm Springs, California, 84 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/877/

Mamari, May, 2019, Occurrence and potential sources of Cd, Cu, and Pb in reach 6 of the Santa Ana River, 58 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/933/

Mora, Jose A. 2019, spatio-temporal assessment of headwater streams in the San Bernardino National Forest, 76 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/957/

Peña, Kyle, 2019, Paleoseismology of the central Garlock Fault in Searles Valley. California, 65 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/956/

Thorp, Steven G., 2019, Environmental Assessment of Arsenic and Mercury Levels at the Garfield Mill Site, Calico, California, 109 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/922/

2018

Caporuscio, Elizabeth, 2018, Evaluation of a sequential pond system for detention and treatment of runoff at Skypark, Santa's Village, 106 p.,  https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/773/

2017

Do, Clement, 2017, Evaluation of a filtration sorbent for remediation of arsenic in groundwater, 43 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/474/

2016

Budicin, Anthony N., 2016, Analysis of drought associated impacts on the city of San Bernardino municipal water department’s wastewater flow rates and constituent concentrations, 158 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/319/

Valentine Vecorina, Rominna E., 2016, Arsenic analysis: comparative arsenic eroundwater concentration in relation to soil and vegetation, 50 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/279/

2015

Vela, Arturo C., 2015, Potential for use of effluent wastewater treated by soil aquifer treatment in Banning, California, 116 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/210/

2014

Crane, Thomas M., 2014, Qualitative comparison of offset surfaces between the central and eastern Garlock Fault, 124 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/119

Engel, Megan D., 2014, The feasibility of chaparral restoration on type-converted slopes, 174 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/108

Grill, Nicolette, 2014, Economic geology of the San Bernardino Mountains, California, 105 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/102/

Howe, Catherine, 2014, A review of the removal of Arundo donax from a riparian area within San Timoteo Canyon, 102 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/106/

Pelham, Todd, 2014, Degradation of protective glove materials exposed to commercial products: a comparative study of tensile strength and gravimetric analyses, 72 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/107/

Steele, Kandace M., 2014, Surface area as a method for the determination of glove degradation, 44 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/105/

Thomas, Malcolm D., 2014, Refraction microtremor analysis of areas surrounding California State University San Bernardino, 89 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd/120/

2013

Feenstra, Brandon, 2013, Comparison and evaluation of black carbon and elemental carbon instrumentation in a near roadway environment.

Lopez, Amanda, 2013, Stable isotope record of Archean and Cambrian serpentinizing fluid composition from stichtite (Mg-Cr carbonate hydroxide).

Shen, Junjie, 2013, The contribution of small anthropogenic particulates (SAP) to the sediment load of a major ephemeral fluvial system, Santa Ana River (SAR), Southern California.

Thomas, Jason J., 2013, A comprehensive approach to alluvial fan management: a case study of Travertine Point, Coachella Valley.

2012

Bertolacci, David C., 2012, in situ bioremediation of perchlorate in soil and groundwater.

Farmer, Mackensey A., 2012, Feasibility of implementing alternative energy technology on a high school campus.

Franklin, Rebecca L., 2012, Modeling erosion and sediment delivery on mountain roads in Upper Deep Creek.

Hallberg, Kathryn B., 2012, Watershed sanitary survey: Oak Glen Watershed.

Howard, Matthew E., 2012, Investigation of arsenic in the transition zone basin of the Mojave River.

Velasquez, Christina M. L. 2012, Geochemical classification of placer and lode gold deposits within the Northern Rock Mountains of the Quartzsite mining district, AZ.

2011

Torres, Eric S., 2011, Chemical characterization of Lake Gregory.

2010

Adane, Zablon, 2010, Estimated area of impervious paring surfaces and the potential groundwater recharge increase through permeable pavement retrofit in the Chino Basin.

Guill, Rebekah C., 2010, A review of emerging pollutants of concern in drinking water and wastewater.

Krupnak, Natasha M., 2010, Bacteria monitoring and assessment project at Canyon Lake, California.

Norton, Harvey, 2010, An evaluation of lead concentrations in surface soils and sediments within Lytle Creek Drainage Basin.

Rodriguez, Amanda R., 2010, An applied investigation of Nafion membranes in PEM fuel cells: durability issues.

2009

Gomez, Abigail Z., 2009, Meeting future challenges of water and energy demand using watershed management strategies in the Inland Empire.

Haggard, Sheri M., 2009, Investigation of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions generated through the production of Portland cement and a comparison of mitigation strategies.

Long, Barbara E., 2009, Nutrient analysis of the estuarine and river waters of the Santa Margarita River estuary.

Lutes, Heather M., 2009, Cyanide analysis in wastewater.

Miller, Melissa D., 2009, The promotion and prevention of Ahwahnee water principles for resource efficient land use in the cities of Ontario and San Bernardino.

2008

Bell, Jennifer M., 2008, A cost benefit analysis for the denitrification of waste water utilizing wetlands versus wastewater treatment facilities, 181 p., https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/etd-project/3428/

Meier, Travis W., 2008, Effects and response of dual phase extraction (DPE) remediation on the former Sun City Soco gas station.

Sloat, Alison R., 2008, Characterization of natural spring waters of the San Bernardino Mountains using stable isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen.