How do I declare a major or minor in Earth and Planetary Sciences? Which courses count toward the major or minor? Can I focus on a particular sub-discipline in the Earth and Planetary Sciences? How do I get involved in research? What kinds of careers are well served by a degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences? How do I apply to graduate school?

We offer many resources to help you answer these and other questions about the Earth and Planetary Sciences undergraduate program. Current and prospective majors and minors are encouraged to consult early and often with our Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), Dr. Yarrow Axford. The DUS can help you to understand what it means to major or minor in our program, pick essential courses, and check on your progress. The DUS also provides valuable insight into how to combine your major or minor with your other interests, such as study abroad, research experiences, or internships.

Additionally, we encourage you to contact other faculty members, graduate students, and other members of our department  - not just those who officially serve as advisors. Visit during a professor's office hours to learn more about what they taught in class. Talk with someone whose research you'd like to get involved in. Ask around about opportunities to travel on field research or to academic conferences. Relationships formed within our department will help you to get the most out of your time here at Northwestern, and it will expand your opportunities in the next stage of your life.

Declaring a Major or Minor

  • Obtain a Weinberg Declaration of Major form from the Department Office, located in the Technological Institute, F Wing, Room 374 (Tech F374), and open from 9am-5pm. Fill out the form in its entirety, including personal and career information and majors/minors you would like to add, retain, and/or drop.
  • Schedule an appointment with the DUS through the Department Office. 
  • Obtain the DUS' signature. Your form will not be processed without the proper signatures.
  • Immediately deliver the top copy (white copy) of the form to the Weinberg College Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising (1922 Sheridan Rd).

You should prepare a 4-year course plan showing the courses you've taken and those you plan to take. Pay attention to the quarters the courses will be offered and their prerequisites. This plan is required before the DUS may sign your form. Check CAESAR for course prerequisites and both the time of day the course is taught and what quarter during the academic year the course it taught, and examine our webpage for information specific to the Earth and Planetary Sciences undergraduate curriculum.


Weinberg College Rules and Policies

This website contains important information about double counting courses, independent study, study abroad, transfer credits, etc. You should familiarize yourself with these regulations when developing and following your 4-year course plan.

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