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Earth and Planetary Sciences (Formerly Geology)

Graduate Studies

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Science

Earth and planetary sciences provides a dynamic interdisciplinary environment for studies of the Earth and planets, as well as the history of life on Earth, and applied and environmental geosciences. Topics include specialized studies in geophysics, geochemistry, planetary science, cosmochemistry, high-pressure experimental petrology and rock deformation, tectonics, structural geology, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary petrology, surficial processes, fluvial geomorphology, stratigraphy, paleoecology, phylogeny reconstruction, functional morphology and evolution, oceanography, paleo-climate studies, geothermal energy, and natural hazards. The department has outstanding analytical and computational facilities and provides opportunities for research and study around the world. The campus is well situated to provide access to field areas exhibiting diverse geologic and tectonic phenomena, and encourages interdisciplinary research through collaborations with the KeckCAVES, Center for Watershed Sciences, the Bodega Marine Laboratory, and other UC research stations. The program offers a diverse, collaborative, and flexible research environment that integrates field, laboratory, and theoretical/computational approaches and encourages highly individualized and interdisciplinary research.

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