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Undergraduate Requirements: Planetary Science Option

  1. Ma 2 and one of Ma 3, Ge/Ay 117 or Ge/ESE 118.
  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 abc Introduction to Earth and Planetary Science 9 9 9
Scientific Writing 3
Ge 109 Oral Presentation 3
Ph 2 abc Sophomore Physics 9 9 9
Ma 2, 3 Sophomore Mathematics 9 9
HSS electives 9 9 9
Total units 36 36 33
Third Year
ACM 95 ab Intro. Methods of Applied Mathematics 12 12
Advanced science 9 9 9
Planetary science 9 9 9
HSS electives 9 9 9
Total units 27 39 39
Fourth Year
Planetary science 9 9 9
Additional science and engineering 9 9 9
HSS electives 9 9 9
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.