Undergraduate Requirements: Planetary Science Option

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  1. Ma 2, 3, Ge/Ay 117 or Ge/ESE 118 may substirute for Ma 3.
  2. Ph 2 a or Ph 12 a, Ph 2 b or Ph 12 b, and one of the following:  Ph 2 c, Ph 12 c, APh 17 a, Ch 21 c, Ch 25, ME 11 a.
  3. Ge 11 ab, Ge/Ay 11 c, Ge 109, and a science writing course.1
  4. ACM 95 ab.
  5. 45 units of advanced science courses selected in consultation with adviser and planetary science option representatives. Appropriate choices include (but are not limited to): Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc, Ae/Ge/ME 160 ab, Ch 21 abc, Ph 101, 106 abc, 125 abc, Ge/ESE 118, ME 12 abc, APh 17 abc, Ay 20, 21,101,102, ChE 63 ab, Ch 6 ab, CS 1-3, Ma 112 ab, ME 11 abc, 65, 66, AM 125 abc.
  6. 63 units selected from Ge 11 d, Ge 40, 41,102, Ge/Ay 117, Ge/Ch 128, Ge 131, Ge/Ay 132, Ge/Ay 133, ESE 101-103, Ge/ESE 150, Ge 151, Ge/EE/ESE 157 c, ESE 130, Ge/ESE 139.

1 For example, E 11, or En/Wr 84.

Typical Course Schedule

Units per term

 

1st

 2nd

 3rd

Second Year

Ge 11 abcIntroduction to Earth and Planetary Science999
 Scientific Writing  3
Ge 109Oral Presentation  3
Ph 2 abcSophomore Physics999
Ma 2, 3Sophomore Mathematics99 
 HSS electives999
 

Total units

36

36

33

Third Year

ACM 95 abIntro. Methods of Applied Mathematics 1212
 Advanced science999
 Planetary science999
 HSS electives999
 

Total units

27

39

39

Fourth Year

 Planetary science999
 Additional science and engineering999
 HSS electives999
 

Total units

27

27

27

For students beginning their junior year, it is possible to complete the requirements for the planetary science option within two years, but there are benefits from starting with Ge 11 abc in the sophomore year.

Passing grades must be earned in a total of 486 units, including courses listed above. Any student whose grade-point average in science and mathematics courses is less than 1.9 at the end of an academic year may be refused permission to register in the geological and planetary science options.

For more information

For more information, visit the planetary science program website or contact option representative Bethany Ehlmann.