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Master of Science Environmental Sciences (MSES) & Geology (MSG)

Welcome to the M.S. in Environmental Sciences and M.S. in Geology programs!

These programs are hosted collaboratively by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Geological Sciences:

MS in Environmental Sciences: provides a broad background in sciences relevant to the environment and perform research in water quality, air quality or conservation.

MS in Geology: strong preparation in geology for careers in geological fields or doctoral studies.

Current Students:

PLOs and Rubrics for MSES and MSG

Theses and Projects completed to date:












  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Bell, Jennifer M., 2008, A cost benefit analysis for the denitrification of waste water utilizing wetlands versus wastewater treatment facilities, 181 p.,
  • 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.