Undergraduate Requirements: Planetary Science Track
In addition to the core requirements, a GPS major with a Planetary Science track must include:
- ACM 95ab
- One of the following courses that was not already used to satisfy the core GPS degree requirements: Ph 2b, Ph 12b, Ph 2c, Ph 12c, ME 11a, APh 17a, Ch 21c, Ch 25
- 45 units of courses in advanced Science, Mathematics, or Engineering outside of GPS
- 54 units of GPS coursework that includes 4 courses (36 units) chosen from the following: Ge 107, Ge 128, Ge 131, Ge 132, Ge 133, Ge 137, Ge 150, Ge 151, Ge 157c, Ge 159
We recommend the students consult with their advisers regarding courses that are used to satisfy requirement (3).
1 For example, E 11, or En/Wr 84.
|Typical Course Schedule||Units per term|
|Ge 11 abc||Intro. to Earth and Planetary Sci.||9||9||9|
|Ph 2 abc||Sophomore Physics||9||9||9|
|Ma 2, 3||Sophomore Mathematics||9||9|
|ACM 95ab||Intro. Methods of Applied Math.||12||12|
|Additional advanced/planetary science||9||9||9|
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.