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To be considered for admission to the MS in Environmental Sciences or the MS in Geology, a prospective students needs:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Completion of an undergraduate major in geology, chemistry or associated fields (e.g. biology or environmental studies with at least 20 semester units of upper-division work).
  3. One year each of laboratory courses in general chemistry, (and organic chemistry for Env. Sci.) and physics.
  4. One full-term course in basic calculus or methods in calculus.
  5. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in all courses used for credit in the major.
  6. Submission of a personal statement explaining the student's preparation for graduate study, goals in the MSES program or the MSG program, potential areas of research or interest, possible advisor*, and professional goals upon graduation.  Please see Recommended Timeline for additional information.
  7. Submission of three confidential letters of recommendation from people who are in a position to make relevant comments on the student's intent and potential for success in the program. At least two of the letters should be from current or former college or university faculty familiar with the student's scholarship and related activities.

*We strongly recommend that prospective students contact potential advisors, and to address potential research topics available at CSUSB in their personal statement.

Except in extraordinary situations, we accept new students for the Fall Semester. For the Fall 2022 semester, the deadline for application is 30 April 2022.

Please submit all materials to Cal State Apply. If you are an international student, please go to the Center for International Studies and Programs as there are additional requirements for international students.

Dr. Joan E. Fryxell
Graduate Coordinator, MSEES Program
Dept. of Geological Sciences
California State University
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407  USA