Undergraduate Education

We encourage you to learn more about the options for EPS undergraduate study by exploring the resources below. If you have questions, please contact us.

EPS Concentration

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a faculty advisor during freshman year to plan appropriate choices of coursework in math, chemistry, and physics. All essential information regarding basic and joint concentration requirements can be found in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Handbook or in the Green Book.

Please also refer to:
EPS Curricular Advising Cheat Sheet
Breadth Categories for EPS Classes
Suggestions for EPS Thematic Plans of Study

Secondary Field

The EPS secondary field is intended to provide a strong foundation in one or more subfields of Earth science (geophysics, geochemistry, climate science, atmospheric chemistry, geology, earth history, paleontology, planetary science) to students who have sufficient preparation in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. For details on requirements, view the Undergraduate Handbook: Secondary Field Requirements.

To apply, complete and submit the Secondary Field Application

Planning Tools

Students are encouraged to track their course requirements using the Plan of Study Worksheet or Joint Concentrators Plan of Study Worksheet.

Visit our Undergraduate Forms page for related worksheets and forms.

Department Tutorial

EPS hosts six department tutorials each year during which EPS faculty speak informally about their research. EPS concentrators are required to attend a minimum of five tutorials prior to graduation. Tutorial dates for 2019-2020 are: October 2, November 6, December 4, February 5, March 4, and April 1. (All start at 5:00 pm and meet in the Faculty Lounge.)