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Major in Earth and Planetary Sciences

The academic program covers traditional geologic topics and the latest advances in earth science. Courses may include theory, descriptive studies, data analysis, computer modeling, laboratory exercises, and field training. Course concentrations provide depth in the subdisciplines of geophysics, earth materials, geochemistry, earth history, climate science, or planetary science. Students may also pursue broad, traditional geoscience training via the general geoscience concentration. Concentrations do not constitute rigid programs of study. Students may design their own programs with approval from the director of undergraduate studies. Students planning to attend graduate school are strongly encouraged to conduct independent study (399). All students are encouraged to take the 200-level foundation courses as early as possible, but they need not be taken in sequence.

Examples of concentrations include the following:

Major requirements

Department courses (8 or 9 units, depending on concentration)

Related courses (units depend on chemistry and mathematics sequences taken and concentration chosen)

2 additional courses at the 200 level or higher in math, science, or social science (1 of which may be 326) in all concentrations, except geophysics.

Earth and Planetary Sciences Second Major for ISP Students

The Integrated Science Program (ISP) is a highly selective program within Weinberg College. Students majoring in ISP who wish also to complete a major in Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) must take EARTH 201 and three 300-level courses in addition to EARTH 350. These requirements replace the usual major requirements noted above.

See our advising page for more information about declaring a major in Earth and Planetary Sciences.
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