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UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences

The UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences department is internationally recognized for its faculty, teaching and research programs. The department has 19 full-time faculty, as well as numerous scientists and academic federation members, post-doctoral scholars and associates. A large number of graduate students and undergraduate students majoring in geology help create a vibrant community in the department.

Degree Programs

The department offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Geology. Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees are conferred in Earth and Planetary Sciences. We have reciprocal exchange agreements with several international universities, providing both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study abroad as part of their education. In addition, we are home to the Marine and Coastal Science major and offer minors in Geology.


Our faculty, researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students pursue field, laboratory, experimental, and modeling studies of geological and environmental problems around the world. The department's excellent facilities and technical personnel support a range of methods including field studies, remote sensing, GPS, analytical geochemistry, petrography, high-pressure experiments, thermochemistry, geomagnetism, seismology, computation, and modeling. UC Davis' ideal location also provides ready access to the many natural laboratories of California and the western United States.

Contact Us

The department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is located in the Earth and Physical Sciences (EPHSCI) building on the UC Davis campus (driving directions). Business hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST (closed noon to 1 pm), Monday through Friday.

phone: 530-752-0350

Correspondence may be sent to:
      Earth and Planetary Sciences Department
      University of California, Davis 
      One Shields Avenue
      Davis, CA 95616 USA