The Department of Earth Science at UCSB conducts many field studies in geographic areas ranging from the tallest mountain peaks of the Himalayas, the wilderness of Antarctica, to the vast undiscovered depths of the ocean floor. Our graduate and undergraduate students participate directly in the excitement of exploring terra incognita. Taught by a distinguished and dedicated faculty (including several members of the National Academy of Sciences, and winners of the UCSB Distinguished Teaching Award), students in Earth Science experience the wonder of discovery and come to appreciate and connect to the unfolding planetary drama of which they are part.
The goal of the graduate program is to equip young scientists for their future roles as independent researchers, teachers, scholars, and productive employees by teaching them the fundamentals of our science.
The departmental goal of the undergraduate program is to produce graduates with broad undergraduate education in the sciences, a firm grasp of geological principles and ideas, and an arsenal of intellectual and communication skills.
Source: Department Website June 2010