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Declaring Earth and Planetary Sciences during Spring Quarter

Geocorner Building

If you are interested in declaring Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) or simply want to know more about the major, minor, or co-term program, we are here to help.

Please contact Anjani Varma in case you have questions.

Why major in Earth and Planetary Sciences?

The purpose of the undergraduate program in Earth and Planetary Sciences is to provide students with a broad background in the fundamentals of the Earth and planetary sciences as well as the quantitative, analytical, and communications skills necessary to conduct research and think critically about questions involving the Earth and other planets. The major provides excellent preparation for graduate school and careers in geological and environmental consulting, land use and planning, law, teaching, and other professions in which an understanding of the Earth and a background in science are important.


Do you want to understand how the world around you works, and what it means for our future? Do you want to acquire skills that can make a difference? Do you want to understand how Earth has maintained its habitability throughout time, and what this means for today? Check out some of our highly student-rated offerings.

Your adventure starts here!

Sample Courses

Along with six core geology classes, there are other valuable course opportunities. These include the return of the four foundational geology classes:

Suggested Prerequisites

While not required, completing the science major core is strongly recommended to better prepare for EPS classes. The science major core comprises MATH 19 and 20, MATH 51 or CME 100, CHEM 31A and 31B, and the PHYSICS 20 or 40 series.

Highly Student-Rated Courses

These EPS are highly rated by our undergraduate students and offer insight into geosciences.

For more information...

...about Earth and Planetary Sciences courses and degrees, contact Anjani Varma.