Upon completion of the Ph.D. program in Planetary Sciences, a student will:
The Department of Planetary Sciences offers multidisciplinary programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in planetary sciences. Areas of specialization include, but are not restricted to, the experimental, observational, and theoretical study of planetary atmospheres; the interiors of planets and planetary satellites; asteroid and cometary astronomy and physics; meteoritics; problems of plasma physics associated with cosmic rays; the solar wind and its interaction with solar system bodies; celestial dynamics; solar physics; and investigations of the formation of the solar system and other planetary systems.
Applicants should have completed an undergraduate major in a physical science such as astronomy, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, geology, mathematics, or physics. However, admission is based on the overall demonstrated capability and preparation of the applicant.
More information about program requirements and admission requirements is available at these sites:
Astrophysics and Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Minumum credits: 63
Core coursework: 12 units of core courses, consisting of 2 courses from the Physics group, and one each from the Chemistry and Geology groups:
Exceptionally well prepared students may petition to waive the requirement to take a core course. Waiver requests are reviewed by the core course instructor in consultation with the GAAC. The student is required to demonstrate knowledge of the core course material. Waiving courses in this way does not change the number of questions that the student is required to answer in each section of the written comprehensive examination.
Language requirements: N/A
At least one half the units used on the Doctoral Plan of Study must be in courses in which regular grades (ABC) have been earned. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in the PTYS core courses to be considered in good academic standing. Failure to maintain this standing results in dismissal from the Ph.D. program.
Nine units (or as required by minor department) of coursework as approved by the Minor Advisor/Minor Committee.
|Application Acceptance Rate||20%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||6.25|
|Enrollment Percent Male||50%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||50%|
|Enrollment Percent International||27%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||0%|