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 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 the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), who serves as the key liaison between students and the rest of the University. The DUS also oversees honors and other aspects of the undergraduate program.
The DUS is:
Prof. Andrew Jacobson
Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL, 60208-3130
Email: adj at
Declaring a Major or Minor
- Fill out the Weinberg Declaration of Major form in its entirety, including personal and career information and majors/minors you would like to add, retain, and drop.
- Schedule an appointment with Prof. Jacobson.
- Obtain Prof Jacobson's 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 Prof. Jacobson signs your form. Check CAESAR and for course prerequisitesand timings, and examine our webpage for information specific to the Earth and Planetary Sciences undergraduate curriculum.
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.