The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California at Riverside offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, Earth Sciences and Geophysics. These B.S. degree programs are designed for students with a strong interest in various aspects of the Earth and Planetary sciences. The geology programs in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences place substantial emphasis on fieldwork with field courses, field trips in all appropriate courses (including dedicated field courses), and excursions between quarters. The Riverside campus is ideally situated within a day's drive of exposures of nearly the entire stratigraphic succession and some of the most outstanding field localities in the world.
The Department offers a M.S. and Ph.D. in Geological Science in the Graduate Programs section. The graduate research programs available within the department span the full range of research areas, from detailed studies of Earth geology, climate, and oceanography, to the study of planets and physical processes in the solar system, to the search for other planets and signatures of life elsewhere in the universe. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has a commitment to learning geology in its natural context - which means that our program provides hands-on opportunities, with a focus on fieldwork. The Department offers a program built around the core research areas listed below, and these strengths are reflected at all levels across the curriculum.
One of the strengths of the department is the diversity of active lines of research that our faculty and specialist are currently actively pursuing. With the current renovations in the Geology building and updated facilities, Earth and Planetary Science students have access to world-class laboratory facilities. Disparate interests within the department are connected in several areas of research emphasis.