Planetary Sciences Graduate Program

Earn a Ph.D. with a major in Planetary Sciences.

The Department of Planetary Sciences offers multidisciplinary programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in planetary sciences.

The department also offers a graduate minor in Planetary Sciences.

Areas of specialization include, but are not restricted to, the experimental, observational, and theoretical study of planetary atmospheres; the interiors of planets and planetary satellites; asteroid and cometary astronomy and physics; meteoritics; problems of plasma physics associated with cosmic rays; the solar wind and its interaction with solar system bodies; celestial dynamics; solar physics; and investigations of the formation of the solar system and other planetary systems.

Academic Policies & Degree Requirements

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Course Catalog

Course descriptions for graduate courses in the Department of Planetary Sciences.

Course Schedules

Graduate-level Planetary Science (PTYS) courses for upcoming semesters.

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Academic Advisor

Amy Brenton


Focus on Graduate Students

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