B.Sc. On Campus


California State University, Bakersfield

48 months
16812 USD/year
16812 USD/year
7422 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The science of geology deals with the non-living (mostly) part of the planet. Geology focus  at California State University, Bakersfield is on natural resources (oil, groundwater and minerals), earth history (fossils, climate change, mountain building) and earth processes (from volcanoes, earthquakes and glaciers to ancient sea beds, minerals and the earth's interior).


California State University, Bakersfield's Geology program focuses heavily on the earth's crust...particularly sedimentary rocks and basins that are host to large accumulations of oil and groundwater. But our students study geology around the globe...from our local San Joaquin Basin and Sierra Nevada mountains to Iceland, Turkey and South Africa!

Learning outcomes

CSU Bakersfield offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Geology. A minor in Geology is also available.

We also offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Science. Completion of the following course work satisfies the requirements for a Secondary Teaching Credential in Science and leads to a Natural Science B.A. with a primary concentration (major) in Geology and a secondary concentration (minor) in Physics, Biology, or Chemistry.

The Department of Geological Sciences provides an educational and professional research-based resource for the campus and community relevant to critical petroleum, mining, agricultural and environmental issues uniquely addressable by the study of the Earth. We provide an outstanding education for our majors in preparation for the diverse and ample career opportunities available to them and we provide the local community with a substantive expertise to help solve problems critical to the future development of the southern San Joaquin Valley and environs.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Earth Materials 
  • Geochemistry
  • Sedimentology/Stratigraphy
  • Physical Geology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Must supply all supporting documents

  • Affidavit of financial support
  • Original bank statement or bank letter showing require funds
  • Clear copy of passport showing full name and date of birth

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16812 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8406 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    16812 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8406 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    7422 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3711 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Long Beach

1400 - 2000 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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