University of California - Los Angeles - Department of Earth & Space Sciences

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In the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, we seek to understand the Earth and the planets. Our students, researchers, and faculty tackle a wide range of problems, from the Sun to the most distant planets, and from the center of the Earth to the tenuous ionized gases of the solar wind. We probe the interior of the Earth using seismic data, laboratory measurements, and computer modeling. We study both the ancient tectonics of the Earth and its ongoing activity. We explore Earth's upper atmosphere using spacecraft to measure magnetic fields and plasmas. Moving outward from Earth, we study other planets, their interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, and particle and field environments.

UCLA students with a general interest in science are encouraged to enroll in an undergraduate program in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. Our students are trained in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences, and their application to understanding the earth, the solar system, space, and the evolution and origin of life. Because of the wide diversity of subject areas in the earth and space sciences, we offer the bachelor of science degree with five different specializations: Geology, Engineering Geology, Paleobiology, Applied Geophysics, and Geophysics and Space Physics. We also offer a bachelor of arts degree in Earth Sciences.

The Department of Earth & Space Sciences offers three graduate programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees. The Geochemistry program offers study in biogeochemistry, cosmochemistry, crystal chemistry, experimental petrology, isotopic studies of stable and radioactive elements, marine geochemistry, meteorite research, planetology, and lunar geochemistry. The Geology program offers study in geomorphology, micropaleontology, mineralogy, organic geochemistry, paleobiology, petrology, paleontology, remote sensing, sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonophysics. The Geophysics & Space Physics program offers study in Earth's interior (seismology, gravity, thermal regime, geomagnetism, tectonics), geophysical fluid dynamics (turbulence, rotating systems, stability, hydromagnetism), nonlinear dynamics, planetology (orbital dynamics, planetary interiors, surfaces and atmospheres, solar-system origin), and space physics (magnetosphere, radiation belts, solar wind, magnetic fields, cosmic rays).

Source: Department Website June 2010

Additional Info

  • Department Name: Department of Earth & Space Sciences
  • Disciplines and Research Areas: Geology, Geochemistry, Geomorphology, Geophysics, Hydrology, Structure and Tectonics, Paleobiology, Paleontology, Petrology, Seismology, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
  • Degrees: BA, BS, MS, PhD
  • State: California
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Phone: (310) 825-3880