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Planetary Physics Minor

For Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Planetary Physics is an interdisciplinary field of study, where students apply simple physical laws to understand how planetary systems are formed and evolve, investigate the technologies we use to explore our own and distant solar systems, and work with professors doing out-of-this-world research into meteorites, Mars and more. Students will learn how the ways that geologic systems behave on Earth provide insights into how they behave on other planets.

The Planetary Physics Minor requires 18 senior-level credits with a minimum of six credits at the 300- or 400-level.

EASC 398, EASC 495, EASC 498, PHYS 398, PHYS 495, or PHYS 498 can be used to fulfill this requirement if the topic is relevant to planetary physics.

MATH 114 or MATH 115 is a prerequisite for most 300-level and higher PHYS courses. Students considering future enrollment in 300-level or higher PHYS courses are strongly encouraged to take MATH 114 (or MATH 114 and one of MATH 120 or MATH 125) to satisfy the mathematics requirements.

Specific Minor Requirements
EASC 206Geology of the Solar System3
PHYS 226Optics and Sound Waves3
PHYS 242Physics of Planetary Exploration3
PHYS 252Physics of the Earth3
Choose 6 credits from the following: 6
Planetary Surface Imaging
Planetary Materials
Origins of Planetary Systems
Total Credits18