UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Earth Science

Division of Mathematics, Life, and Physical Sciences
Webb Hall, Room 1006
Undergraduate e-mail:  ugrad@geol.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail:  grad@geol.ucsb.edu
Website: www.geol.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Andy Wyss

Graduate Program


In addition to departmental requirements for admission, applicants must also meet the university requirement for admission described in the “Graduate Education” section of the UCSB online catalog. The application deadline is January 3rd, in which all supplemental materials along with a paid online application must be submitted by this date.  Applicants are informed of acceptance or denial by mid-March. Students normally are not accepted into the graduate program during winter and spring quarters unless approved in early March of the previous year.

In addition to students with undergraduate majors in earth science, the department also encourages students with bachelor’s degrees in sciences other than earth science to apply for admission.

Five-Year Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science—Earth Science

The Department of Earth Science offers a five-year B.S./M.S. degree program in Earth Science. The five-year B.S./M.S. degree program provides the exceptional undergraduates with the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in combination with their work towards a bachelor’s degree. Interested students should contact the Graduate Program Assistant for more information on the admission process to the five-year B.S./M.S. program.

Master of Science—Earth Science (Requirements - PDF)

Doctor of Philosophy—Earth Science (Requirements - PDF)

Optional Interdisciplinary Emphasis

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in Earth Science may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphasis: Computational Science and Engineering (CSE is available to both Master's and Doctoral Students), Environment and Society.

Requirement sheets for each emphasis may be found on this page.