Graduate Programs

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

We offer an MS in Geosciences (example of thesis topics: geology, hydrology, or atmospheric science) and an MS in Environmental Science (thesis or PSM). An option in hydrology/hydrogeology is offered under the geosciences degree. The MS degree programs offer advanced studies in all of the areas available as undergraduate programs. Topics available for graduate study include geology, hydrologic sciences, applied ecology, environmental chemistry, atmospheric sciences, and earth resource science. In addition to 30 units of graduate coursework, students also complete a thesis research project under the guidance of a major advisor and faculty committee. Details regarding course requirements for each degree can be found in the University Catalog, or by contacting the Department Graduate Coordinator Dr. Ann Bykerk-Kauffman.

A program beginning in fall 2007 is the professional science master’s (PSM) degree. This program requires 36 units of coursework, a summer internship with an agency or business, and a professional report on the internship. If you are interested in our Professional Science Masters program, please go to that page or contact our PSM Coordinator, Dr. Russell Shapiro.


Application material for admission to graduate programs at CSU, Chico is available online via Cal State Apply.

Check the Graduate School for more details on guides and instructions or forms and policies

** We may accept applications until May 1st **

Beginning June 1st, anyone who wishes to submit a late application for fall 2017 must complete and submit a paper application.  Here is the link should you need it:  Also, please be aware that the use of paper applications will increase our processing time by a minimum of 3-4 days.

Department Requirements

All requirements for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree. Entering students must have a satisfactory grade point average as specified in "Admission to Master's Degree Programs" in the University Catalog. Students must be accepted by the department as well as the Office of Graduate Studies. An acceptable baccalaureate degree is required in one of the natural sciences, engineering, or mathematics from an accredited institution, or an equivalent approved by the Office of Graduate Studies. The prospective student must have sufficient background to undertake a graduate program in their respective program. In particular, the option in hydrology/hydrogeology requires a year of college chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

Please see our Graduate Students page for more information!