Planetary Science Minor

Program Requirements

  • Total units required: 16-18

Requirements for All Minors

Students pursuing any Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences minor must complete the following course:

EEPS 202Introduction to Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science3

Students must complete all of the requirements listed above for all minors as well as the following:

Required Courses

Students must complete the following two courses:

EEPS 373Fundamentals of Planetary Science3
EEPS 340Minerals, Rocks, Resources and the Environment4
or EEPS 353 Earth Forces

Disciplinary Electives

Students select two of the following courses:

EEPS 401Earth Systems Science3
EEPS 407Remote Sensing3
EEPS 437Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology4
EEPS 441Introduction to Geochemistry3
EEPS 459Geodynamics3
EEPS 460Introduction to Structural Geology4
EEPS 467Planetary Mission Design3
EEPS 473Planetary Geology3
EEPS 474Planetary Geochemistry3
EEPS 567Planetary Materials3
EEPS 568Scientific Exploration of the Moon3
EEPS 570Planetary Geophysics & Dynamics3
EEPS 576Advanced Planetary Geology: Ice Worlds3

Additional Information

  • A grade of C- (C for summer field camp) is the minimum acceptable performance for each unit of credit for each required course, including those in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. Courses with grades of D may fulfill the College's 120 total hours requirement, but they do not meet the departmental requirements. A grade of C- is also the minimum acceptable performance for each unit of credit for any course required as a prerequisite to enrolling in advanced or sequential courses.
  • Credits to be transferred from another institution must have prior approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the relevant Arts & Sciences department.
  • Students may transfer up to 3 credits (or one course, whichever is greater) of advanced course work (course numbers of 300 or above) toward the completion of a minor in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences. This policy includes credit earned for courses taken while studying abroad or at another U.S. institution. Credits earned through the completion of an approved field camp do not count toward this limit.
  • Students may not place out of the chemistry, physics, or math requirements for the Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences major. These courses must be taken at Washington University or at another accredited institution.

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