Earth and Planetary Sciences faculty and graduate students pose in their caps and gowns with their backs to the camera (displaying their hoods) for their graduation portrait.

UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences Faculty and their graduate students.

About UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences

The Earth and Planetary Sciences (formerly Geology) Department has 25 full-time faculty members, 12 scientists and academic federation members, and numerous post docs 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.)Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Geology. In addition, we are home to the B.S. Degree in Natural Sciences and offer minors in Geology, Geophysics, and Oceanography. 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.


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. Business hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (PST), Monday through Friday; phone: (530) 752-0350; FAX: (530) 752-0951

Correspondence may be sent to:

Earth and Planetary Sciences Department 
University of California, Davis 
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616 USA