Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences / Undergraduate Study

Geophysics and Planetary Physics Minor

Classical physics, supported by field data, mathematics, and computing, is used to understand diverse processes from ocean circulation and earthquakes to the formation of planets and the flow of particles and electromagnetic fields in space. These skills are valuable in environmental, engineering, and resource studies and more broadly in any kind of career that requires quantitative analysis.

To enter the Geophysics and Planetary Physics minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

Required Lower-Division Courses (12 units): Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 1, 8, 9.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 units): Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 136A, 171, and three courses from M140, 152, 153, 154, 155.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.