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Study real-world problems on Earth and other planets through applied physics, chemistry, or biology.

Department perks include:

  • 3:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Field Trips
  • Lab Work
  • Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Degree Programs


  • Geology B.S.
  • Engineering Geology B.S.
  • Geophysics B.S.
  • Earth & Environmental Science B.A.


  • Geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics & Planetary Physics
  • Earth & Environmental Science

How to Join EPSS

Must have taken at least 1 science class, and have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better. Enroll in EPS SCI 51, 61, or M71 to get started on your EPSS major!

To talk to an advisor, connect with us through Message Center:

Interested in NASA & Planetary Science?

UCLA EPSS participates in many NASA and JPL spacecraft missions, with opportunities for student involvement at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Join EPSS and be part of NASA's exploration of Mars, Venus, Titan, and more!

EPSS Field Trip Locations Include:

  • Death Valley National Park (California)
  • Fossil Falls (California)
  • Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
  • Valley of Fire (Nevada)

Field gear loaners and scholarships are available to EPSS students!

Department Testimonials

Undergraduate students in the EPSS end-of-year survey have stated:

“I really enjoy this program, the research opportunities it has given me, and the familiarity I get to have with faculty!”

“My experience has been amazing! Getting into research was wonderful, and the department was very welcoming.”

If you appreciate active learning, field trips and exploration, out-of-this-world-class laboratories and technology, and a small-school atmosphere, consider EPSS; we look forward to meeting you!

"Earth: your home in the universe; EPSS: your home at UCLA"

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