Earth and Planetary Sciences

About the Program

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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.

Degree Type
Departmentally-Based Graduate Program
Degrees Offered
M.S. Plan I
Ph.D. Plan C
Lead Dean

College of Letters and Science

Major Code
GEPS

Admissions and Fellowship Information

Admission Deadlines
Priority: Dec 15, 2022
General: Jan 15, 2023
Space Available: May 1, 2023
Internal Fellowship Deadlines
Prospective Student Fellowship: Dec 15, 2022
Continuing Student Fellowship: Jan 15, 2023

Program Contact Information

Primary Program Contacts

Graduate Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator
Mandy Rousseau
(530) 752-9100 | mlrousseau@ucdavis.edu

Graduate Program Chair

Graduate Program Chair
Magali Billen
mibillen@ucdavis.edu

Department Chair
Kari Cooper
(530) 754-8826 | kmcooper@ucdavis.edu

Additional Contacts

Program Contacts

Advisor: Admissions and Primary Contact
Magali Billen
Earth and Planetary Sciences
mibillen@ucdavis.edu

Advisor: General
Sujoy Mukhopadhyay
Earth and Planetary Sciences
smuk@ucdavis.edu