• Astronomy and Astrophysics [Ph.D.]
    Astronomy and Astrophysics graduate students have access to state-of-the-art instrument development and data reduction technology, the UCO/Lick Observatory computer network, and an unusually extensive astronomical library at the Lick Observatory headquarters on campus.

    Chemistry and Biochemistry[M.S., Ph.D.]
    The general areas of research encompassed by the Chemistry Graduate program are biochemistry, biophysical, inorganic, marine, organic and physical chemistry.

    Earth and Planetary Sciences [M.S., Ph.D.]
    The Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz has an outstanding reputation; our graduates are leaders in academia, research, government, and industry.

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology [M.A., Ph.D.]
    The vision of EEB's graduate program is to provide a nurturing, creative and intellectual environment conducive to the development of world-class scientists.

    Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology [M.S., Ph.D.]
    To solve problems in environmental toxicology (ETOX), students must understand how toxic substances move through the environment, enter organisms and cause harm.

    Mathematics [M.A., Ph.D.]
    The Mathematics Department has leading research programs in several actively developing areas on the frontiers of pure and applied mathematics, interacting strongly with theoretical physics and mechanics.

    Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology[M.A., Ph.D.]
    UCSC grants Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (MCD Biology). This program is designed primarily for doctoral students headed for academic and research careers. Current enrollment includes forty five Ph.D. and five Masters students.

    Ocean Sciences [M.S., Ph.D.]
    The Ocean Sciences department supports collaborative studies utilizing the innovative technologies of the nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, the Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station, CSU Moss Landing Laboratory, and others.

    Physics [M.S., Ph.D.]
    The Physics Department features a low student-faculty ratio so that M.S. and Ph.D. students can work closely with f

    Science Communication [Graduate Certificate]
    The Science Communication program is one academic year long, plus a summer internship. It's the only graduate science writing program in the nation that requires significant previous science training.

  • Facilities

  • Physical Science Building Interior 1Physical Sciences Building Interior 2Physical Science Building Exterior 1Student outside of Physical Science BuildingPhysical Science Building Exterior 2Students Walking outside of Sinsheimer LabsMachinery at the Keck ObservatoryExterior of Keck ObservatoryLong Marine Lab Coastal ViewEarth & Marine Sciences BuildingKeck Observatory- telescope and view of sky and starsCenter for Adaptive OpticsChemistry Laboratory

  • Meet Us

  • Anthony Aguirre from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Anthony Aguirre :: Associate Professor of Physics
    Anthony's research involves Cosmology, and the possibility of universes existing beyond our own observable universe.

    Dione Rossiter from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Dione Rossiter :: Student, Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Dione studies the microphysical processes that occur within marine stratocumulous clouds, and the movement of energy resulting from these processes.

    Claire Max from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Claire Max :: Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Claire builds optical equipment that corrects atmospheric distortion in large telescopes. Her research also explores the evoluton of black holes.

    Dyke Andreason from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Dyke Andreason :: Earth and Planetary Sciences Lab Manager
    Dyke discusses the diversity of projects that students bring into the lab, from Sea Urchin research to the migration patterns and interactions of Yosemite bears.

    Raja Guha Thakurta from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Raja Guha Thakurta :: Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Raja's interests include the role galaxy cannibalism plays in shaping the Andromeda galaxy, the Milky Way, and other galaxies in our astronomical backyard.

    Ted Holman from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Ted Holman :: Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Ted Holman's laboratory examines the enzymatic mechanism and biological function of lipoxygenase in the hopes of developing novel inhibitors and potential anti-cancer drugs.

    Bülent Kiziltan from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Bülent Kiziltan :: Student, Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Bülent works primarily on neutron stars. He is interested in the continuos evolution of these enigmatic objects which have gained a new lease of life after their violent demise.

    Alex Castro from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Alex Castro :: Student, Mathematics
    Alex's research tries to unveil a theory of compactification of Taylor’s series spaces by going back to the original picture of derivatives in terms of limiting tangent objects and how to use it to probe singular geometric objects.

    Mira Patel from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Mira Patel :: Student, Chemistry
    Mira is currently studying protein interactions using numerous methods including protein design, mutation and structure determination. The hope is to achieve a better understanding of issues related to metabolism, food intake, body temperature regulation and even skin tanning and pigmentation.

    Ralph Abraham from UCSC Grad Div Videos on Vimeo.

    Ralph Abraham :: Professor, Mathematics
    Currently Ralph is working on agent-based modeling of complex dynamical systems with applications in many areas -- science, the arts, consciousness studies, economics, and more.

  • Research

  • Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS)
    The Institute of Marine Sciences is composed of faculty and researchers who are grouped into informal cluster groups according to their general area of study; staff, and students also conduct their research under the shared focus of the institute, both on campus in the Earth and Marine Sciences Building and at the Long Marine Laboratory Marine Science Campus, a few miles away on the coast. Long Marine Lab welcomes the public to its Seymour Center where the endeavors of institute scientists are interpreted for visitors from around the world. The Institute of Marine Sciences invites you to explore the many opportunities available to conduct marine research with UCSC at locations around the Monterey Bay region and throughout the world. 

    Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP)
    The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) is an organized research unit within the University of California system. SCIPP's scientific and technical staff are and have been involved in several cutting edge research projects for more than 25 years. The primary focus is experimental and theoretical particle physics and particle astrophysics, including the development of technologies needed to advance that research. SCIPP is also pursuing the application of those technologies to other scientific fields such as neurophysiology and biomedicine. The institute is recognized as a leader in the development of custom readout electronics and silicon micro-strip sensors for state-of-the-art particle detection systems. 

    University of California Observatories/Lick Observatories (UCO/Lick)
    The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a Multi-Campus Research Unit of the University of California, with headquarters at the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates on behalf of the astronomers at all ten UC campuses and is comprised of extensive technical facilities, a business office, telescope and support facilities at the Lick Observatory on Mt Hamilton and a staff of astronomers. 

  • Contact Us

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics [Ph.D.]
    Maria Sliwinski t: 831 459 2844

    Chemistry [M.S., Ph.D.]
    Janet Jones t: 831 459 2023

    Earth Sciences [M.S., Ph.D.]
    Jennifer Fish t: 831 459 1235 

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology [M.A., Ph.D.]
    Debby Inferrera t: 831 459 2193

    Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology [M.S., Ph.D.]
    Claudia McClure t: 831 459 4719

    Mathematics [M.A., Ph.D.]
    Sandra Yates t: 831 459 5461

    Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology [M.A., Ph.D.]
    Teel Lopez t: 831 459 2385

    Ocean Sciences [M.S., Ph.D.]
    Lezlie Ward t: 831 459 2563 

    Physics [M.S., Ph.D.]
    Davina Walker t: 831 459 4122

    Science Communication [Graduate Certificate]
    Andrea Michels t: 831 459 4475