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San Jose State University Department of Geology

John W. Williams, Professor and Chair

Department of Geology
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA


The Department of Geology is housed in San Jose State University, which was founded in 1857, and is the oldest public institution of higher education in California. The department consists of 10 tenure, tenure-track faculty, two technical support staff, and an office administrator. Typically 2-3 part-time faculty members augment the teaching staff along with 10-12 graduate teaching associates and student assistants. This team offers degrees at the BS and MS level.

The quality of the department is reflected by:

Evidence of the success of the San Jose State University includes:

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