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Students gain advanced knowledge of plate tectonics, structural geology, geophysics, geochemistry, petrology, rheology, stratigraphy, and geomorphology, in relation to evolution of the earth and planets; paleoecology, phylogeny reconstruction, and functional morphology in relation to biological evolution and paleoenvironments; environmental geology, geomorphology, ocean chemistry, paleoclimatology, and sedimentology in relation to modern/paleo climate change. Students graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for professional research and teaching of earth structure and evolution; resource geology; paleobiology; paleoenvironments; modern/paleo climate change. The campus is well situated to provide access to field areas exhibiting diverse geologic and tectonic phenomena, to the Bodega Marine Laboratory, and to other UC research stations.


Program Address

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
2119 Earth & Physical Sciences
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-0350
(530) 752-0951

Program Type

Departmentally-Based Graduate Program
Lead Dean: 
College of Letters and Science
Major Code: 

Degree Requirements

Administrative ByLaws

Application Deadlines

Dec 15, 2020
Jan 5, 2021
Space Available: 
May 1, 2021
Prospective Student Fellowship: 
Dec 15, 2020
Continuing Student Fellowship: 
Jan 15, 2021

Degrees Offered

M.S. Plan I
Ph.D. Plan C

Admission Requirements

Designated Emphases


Graduate Program Coordinator

Program Chair

  • Department Chair
  • Geology
  • 10/01/2017

Academic Advisors

  • Advisor: Admissions and General
  • Geology
  • 09/01/2015 to 08/31/2020
  • Advisor: Admissions and General
  • Geology
  • 09/01/2014 to 08/31/2020
  • Advisor: Primary Contact
  • Geology
  • 09/01/2016 to 08/31/2020
  • Advisor: General
  • Geology
  • 01/01/2017 to 08/31/2020

Senior Academic Advisor in Graduate Studies

Internal Fellowship Analyst in Graduate Studies

External Fellowship Analyst in Graduate Studies