Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

Masters of Science Degree


San Francisco State University students have been studying marine science at the Romberg Tiburon Center since it was first established in 1978. With its close proximity to salt marshes, rocky intertidal areas, sandy beaches and open water, the Center is a perfect setting for active field study. State of the art research facilities are available for graduate student research, as well as a fleet of research vessels that are suitable for research activities in the Bay.


RTC faculty members are deeply committed to education, and offer hands on research experiences in their laboratories and in the field.  Each student receives personalized attention from their RTC advisor/mentor.


Interdisciplinary Masters of Science

The Interdisciplinary Masters in Marine and Estuarine Science is an interdisciplinary program offered at San Francisco State University (SFSU) by the College of Science & Engineering, based at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC;  Faculty mentors in the program are from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics, Geography & Environment, and Earth & Climate Sciences. Learn more about the program.


The Romberg Tiburon Center Student Association (RTCSA)
The RTSCA is open to participation from all undergraduate and graduate students taking classes or conducting their research at RTC.  The RTCSA is governed by the Association Officers (President, Secretary, Treasurer and Webmaster) under the guidance of the RTCSA Bylaws and in consultation with the RTC Director.

The RTCSA is active on both the SFSU and RTC campuses, with an RTC student representative taking part in COSE and RTC Advisory Board meetings.  The RTCSA is partially self funded through snack and merchandise sales throughout the year at our annual open house; with travel, journal and graduation budgets funded through donations. The annual Sierra Nevada Retreat at SF State's Sierra Nevada Field Campus also raises funds for RTCSA activities.




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