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The Planetary Sciences Undergraduate Minor


Students who wish to prepare for a career in solar system research should include a strong background in the fundamental physical sciences as part or their undergraduate studies. Some majors to consider include Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics.

Undergraduate students in The University may obtain a minor in Planetary Sciences. The PTYS minor must include PTYS 403, 407, 411, and three other upper-division units in Planetary Science for a total of 13 upper-division units. The remaining 5 units are chosen by the student in consultation with a Planetary Sciences advisor from:

Atmo 441A, 441B, 541A, 541B;

Geos 419, 430;

Ptys 206, 209, 212H, 214, 403, 407, 411, 442, 447, 449, 498, 499, 503, 507, 511, 542, 547, 549.

This provides for an appropriate sequence of courses in Planetary Science that meets University requirements (minimum of 18 units of which at least 9 are upper-division) while allowing flexibility for the student to add complementary courses.

Undergraduate Minor Program Approval Form

PTYS Undergraduate Courses

Course

Cross-listed
Departments

 

Course Title

Prerequisites

101

NATS

NATS Tier I

Planet Earth:
Evolution Of A Habitable World(3)

 

102

NATS

NATS Tier I

The Universe and Humanity:
Origin and Destiny(3)

 

195a

PTYS

First Year Colloquium(1)

 

206

PTYS

NATS Tier II

Our Golden Age of Planetary Exploration(3)

 

209

PTYS

NATS Tier II

Exploration and Discovery in Planetary Science(3)

 

212H

PTYS

NATS Tier II

The Science and Politics of Global Warming(3)

 

214

PTYS

NATS Tier II

Astrobiology: A Planetary Perspective(3)

 

403/503

PTYS/AST/GEOS

Minor Required

Physics Of The Solar System(3)

PHYS 251 or
PHYS 142

407/507

PTYS/CHEM

Minor Required

Chemistry Of The Solar System(3)

CHEM 103 A-B,
MATH 125B,
PHYS 132

411/511

PTYS/GEOS

Minor Required

Geology Of The Solar System(4)

 

419

GEOS/PTYS

Upper Division Elective

Physics Of The Earth(3)

PTYS 142
and
MATH 254

430

GEOS/PTYS

Upper Division Elective

Chemical Evolution Of The Earth(3)

 

441a,b/541a,b

ATMO/PTYS

Upper Division Elective

Dynamic Meteorology(3-3)

PHYS 142
and
MATH 254

442/542

AST/GEOS

Upper Division Elective

MARS(3)

411/511 recommended but not required

449/549

PTYS/TTE

Upper Division Elective

Image Processing for Scientific Discovery(3)

 

498

PTYS

Upper Division Elective

Senior Capstone(1-3)

 

499

PTYS

Upper Division Elective

Independent Study(1-5)

 

Contact Mary Guerrieri for further information.

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