GRAIL's Gravity Field of the Moon This map shows the gravity field of the moon as measured by NASA's GRAIL mission. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/MIT

Undergraduate Planetary Sciences

The Earth Sciences department offers an undergraduate degree with a concentration in Planetary Sciences. The Astronomy department does not offer a specific planetary sciences degree, but offers an undergraduate minor and a major in Astrophysics.

The planetary sciences concentration is designed to provide students with a quantitative background appropriate for career pathways in the interdisciplinary study of planets. The upper-division elective courses can be tailored for students interested in planetary interiors, atmospheres, and/or surfaces.

For more information please visit the Physical and Biological Sciences Undergraduate Affairs web page.

Graduate Planetary Sciences

The Earth and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Applied Math and Statistics departments offer PhD's and Master's degrees in Planetary Sciences.

For general information on graduate applications to UCSC please visit the Division of Graduate Studies web page. The application deadline is generally early January. Any graduate program will require applicants to take the General GRE exam; the Astronomy department also requires a Physics GRE. Although high grades and previous research experience are important in an application, the most important part of the application is the letters of recommendation. It is also usually to the applicant's advantage to choose a prospective advisor and talk to that person prior to making the application.

The different departments have graduate programs which are significantly different in the number and type of courses required. Please visit each Department's web page for more information.

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