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  • Department of Geology
    2119 Earth & Physical Sciences
    Davis, CA 95616
    Tel: (530) 752-0350
    Fax: (530) 752-0951
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Contact Graduate Studies

  • 250 Mrak Hall
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616

    Phone: (530) 752-0650
    Fax: (530) 752-6222

Application Deadlines

  • General: Jan 2, 2014
  • Space Available: May 1, 2014
  • Prospective Student Fellowship: Jan 15, 2014
  • Continuing Student Fellowship: Dec 1, 2013

* Deadline Descriptions

Degrees Offered

  • M.S. Plan I
  • Ph.D. Plan C

Designated Emphases

Admission Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Confirmed faculty advisor

Degree Requirements

Students follow the degree requirements reflecting the year s/he was admitted or the most recent version below.

Administrative Bylaws

Students gain advanced knowledge of plate tectonics, structural geology, geophysics, geochemistry, petrology, rheology, stratigraphy, and geomorphology, in relation to evolution of the earth and planets; paleoecology, phylogeny reconstruction, and functional morphology in relation to biological evolution and paleoenvironments; environmental geology, geomorphology, ocean chemistry, paleoclimatology, and sedimentology in relation to modern/paleo climate change. Students graduate with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary for professional research and teaching of earth structure and evolution; resource geology; paleobiology; paleoenvironments; modern/paleo climate change.

The campus is well situated to provide access to field areas exhibiting diverse geologic and tectonic phenomena, to the Bodega Marine Laboratory, and to other UC research stations.

This is a departmentally-based Graduate Program.

For more information, visit the Geology website.


Program Chair
Louise H Kellogg
(Interim Chair)
Geology (530) 754-6673
Magali I Billen
(Graduate Program Chair)
Geology (530) 752-4169
Academic Advisers
Magali I Billen
(Adviser: General)
Geology 9/1/13 - 8/31/15 (530) 752-4169
Eric S Cowgill
(Adviser: Admissions and General)
Geology 9/1/12 - 8/31/14 (530) 754-6574
Qing-Zhu Yin
(Adviser: General)
Geology 9/1/13 - 8/31/14 (530) 752-0934
Graduate Program Staff Coordinator
Mandy Hanou Geology (530) 752-9100
Student Affairs Officer (SAO) in the Office of Graduate Studies
Shelly Archer Graduate Studies (530) 754-5886