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Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Earth Science University of California, Santa Barbara



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The Department of Earth Science at UCSB offers a Combined BS/MS degree program in Earth Science. The programs enable excellent undergraduates to obtain a Masters degree in a time-efficient manner.

Earth Science is the study of the earth - the study of its rocks, minerals, and records of ancient life, and of the physical, chemical, and biological processes, past and present, at work in the earth's interior, on its surface, and within its envelope of water and air. The methods of geology are applicable to the study of the moon and the planets.

The undergraduate program in Earth Science provides the background in elementary geology, basic sciences, and mathematics necessary for graduate work in geology or closely related fields such as geophysics, geochemistry, paleobiology, or oceanography. In addition, the program retains the flexibility to permit preparation for eventual specialization in related fields. In consultation with an undergraduate advisor, students may develop individual programs tailored to their interests and career goals.

Benefits of an Earth Science Career

Career choices include academia (public school teacher, community college instructor, university professor or researcher), industry (exploration geologist and geophysicist, engineering and environmental geologist) or government scientist (U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA, NASA). Earth scientists are well trained in observing the Earth and have a broad education in mathematics and the physical or biological sciences. A Bachelors or Masters degree is required for many industry jobs, while Ph.D. degrees are needed for research and university teaching positions. UCSB can provide you with the education and experience to open doors in any of the employment areas of earth sciences.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Earth Science.

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees

$29,754.00 (21,80,522) per year


26 Sep, 30 Mar, 01 Oct


College of Letters and Science

2217 Cheadle Hall, MC 2080,

University of California, Santa Barbara,



93106, United States

Entry requirement for international students

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have completed secondary school and have not enrolled at any college or university.

English Language Proficiency

The minimum accepted score for admission consideration for the TOEFL is 80 or better on the Internet-based test and 550 or better on the paper-based test.

The minimum accepted score for the IELTS is 6.5 or better band score (academic modules).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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