Lunar and Planetary Laboratory The University of ArizonaUA Science


Planetary science includes the study of the eight planets in our Solar System, of course, but the intellectual boundaries of planetary science extend far beyond.

Such fundamental questions as the origin and evolution of other solar systems and the existence of extraterrestrial life require a very broad perspective that ranges from the subatomic world of fundamental particles to the macroscopic world of galaxies.

In pursuing such questions, planetary scientists merge relevant topics in traditional disciplines such as physics, chemistry, geology, biology, and astronomy with engineering and computational expertise. One consequence of this unique interdisciplinary foundation is the spectacular success of the nation's solar system exploration program.

The PTYS curriculum includes courses designed to meet the following needs of undergraduates:

  • Lower division courses required by liberal arts majors to satisfy General Education requirements for science.

  • Upper division courses for science majors who require a planetary perspective for career development.

  • First Year Colloquia for freshmen in which specialized topics in planetary science are explored through discussion and conversation in small, informal classes led by faculty.

  HOLD THE DATE            

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015
Space Drafts Public Talk Series
7:30 pm

Friday, Jul 3, 2015
Independence Day observed

Saturday, Jul 18, 2015
Summer Science Saturday
10:00 am

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 — Friday, 31 Jul
78th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 — Friday, 21 Aug
LPLC: Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Conference

Monday, Aug 24, 2015
Classes begin

Monday, Sep 7, 2015
Labor Day

Sunday, Nov 8, 2015 — Friday, 13 Nov
47th Annual DPS Meeting

PTYS Undergraduate Course Catalog