Schools with graduate programs in paleontology include the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Michiganr; Yale University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Paleontology, which is the study of fossils, has sub-categories spanning multiple disciplines. Paleobotany and vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology are part of the biology department. Human paleontology is in the anthropology department, and taphonomy, the study of the formation of fossils, is part of geology departments.
UC Berkeley has degree programs with an emphasis on paleontology in the departments of integrative biology, earth and planetary science, and geography. One of these departments and the UC Museum of Paleontology form the basis of each student's program, though students may take paleontology courses from all of the departments.
Michigan's paleontology program, which is interdepartmental, is associated with its Museum of Paleontology. Departments include anthropology, earth and environmental sciences, and ecology and evolutionary biology.
Yale's paleontology program is part of the department of geology and geophysics program. Yale facilities related to paleontology include the fossil collection at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, research at the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies and labs in the Environmental Science Center and the department of geology and geophysics.
The paleontology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which is part of the earth and atmospheric sciences department, focuses on micropaleontology and vertebrate paleontology.