University of California, Riverside

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Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

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UCR’s Department of Earth Sciences focuses on research and education about Earth’s dynamic nature and history. Students and faculty investigate geological processes operating at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and our research interests span many disciplines within the Earth Sciences. Here you can get to know more about current and ongoing research within the department.


The department is a close-knit group of faculty and students that get together several times a week for seminars, informal discussions, and BBQs held weekly on Fridays outside the Geology building. With small class sizes and many opportunities to interact with faculty, post-docs, visiting researchers, and other students, the Department of Earth Sciences is an active and attractive environment for learning and research. We are particularly proud of our successes of our students, many of whom have attained prominent positions in academia, industry and elsewhere.

UCR is the perfect setting for field enhanced undergraduate training, graduate study, and postdoctoral research in Earth Sciences. The campus lies at the gateway to the mountains, beaches and deserts of southern California. We are within driving distance of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, San Andreas Fault, Mojave Desert, Death Valley and many other important field locations.

The Department of Earth Sciences is able to maintain its outstanding teaching, research, field programs, and student scholarships through contributions from our alumni and organizations. Your financial support can make a difference and is much appreciated!

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Tel: (951) 827-3182
Fax: (951) 827-4324