Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences / Undergraduate Study

Earth and Environmental Science BA

Capstone Major

Learning Outcomes

The Earth and Environmental Science major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Use of skills and knowledge set from coursework
  • Definition of research methodology and data
  • Placement of project into context of current state of understanding
  • Completion of research project from conception to written report
  • Oral presentation at a research symposium, or brief published report, of field experience results

Preparation for the Major

Required: Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 1, 5 or 8 or 13 or 15 or 16 or 17 or 20, 51, 61; Chemistry and Biochemistry 14A, 14B, and 14BL, or 20A, 20B, and 20L; Life Sciences 1 or another introductory organismic biology course; Mathematics 3A and 3B, or 31A and 31B; Physics 1A or 5A. Each course must be passed with a minimum grade of C−.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Earth and Environmental Science major with 90 or more quarter units (60 semester units) must have completed one introductory Earth sciences course, two general chemistry courses with laboratory for majors, and one calculus course. One introductory biology course with laboratory and one calculus-based physics course with laboratory are recommended.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Three courses from Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 103A, 103B, 111, 112, 116, 119; one capstone 199 research course in the senior year; three additional upper-division courses from Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences other than 100; two courses from Geography 100, 101, 104, 105 and 105A, M107, M109, 110, 124, 125, M127, M131.