Our Program

USC Earth Sciences has more than 50 graduate students working toward their doctoral degrees and engaged in research all over the world and in the laboratory.

Our academic programs include Geobiology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Tectonics, and Climate Science, but we also encourage students to pursue interesting problems at the interfaces between these sub-disciplines and to take advantage of our research collaborations with other USC schools and departments, such as Marine Environmental Biology, the Graduate Program in Ocean Sciences, and the School of Engineering.

Our Students

Many of our students are active contributors in our affiliated research centers such as the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability , and the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County

Prospective Students

We encourage to review our research and faculty sections before applying. Applications must be submitted before January 1, for fellowship consideration.

Contact Us

Staff Graduate and Undergraduate Advisor

Darlene Garza

Main Office

Department of Earth Sciences
Zumberge Hall of Science (ZHS)
3651 Trousdale Pkwy
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0740

Faculty Graduate Advisor

Professor John Platt