Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences / Undergraduate Study

Geophysics BS

Capstone Major

Learning Outcomes

The Geophysics 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 51, 61, 71, and one course from 1 (preferred) through 15; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B; Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL. Each course must be passed with a minimum grade of C−.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Geophysics major with 90 or more quarter units (60 semester units) must have completed one introductory Earth sciences course, one general physics course with laboratory for majors, and one year of calculus. A second year of calculus and a second semester of calculus-based physics with laboratory are recommended.

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

The Major

Required Core: Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 136A, M140, 171, one capstone field research course (136C), one course from 152, 153, 154, 155; Physics 105A, 105B, 110A, 110B, 131. Substitutions of equivalent courses from engineering or other physical sciences departments must be approved by the undergraduate adviser.

At least three courses from one of the following areas are also required: (1) applied geophysics — Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 111, 112, 122, 136B, 150, 152, (2) marine geophysics — courses 119, 122, 136B, 150, 153, (3) planetary geophysics — courses 150, 153, 154, 155, (4) solid earth geophysics — courses 119, 122, 136B, 150, 152, or (5) space physics — Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences C170, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 136B, 154, 155, Physics M122. Any course used to satisfy an area requirement cannot also be applied toward the core requirements listed above.