Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Planetary Science

Declaring a Major/Minor

The Department of Earth and Planetary Science offers six undergraduate majors:

Atmospheric ScienceGeophysicsEnvironmental Earth Science
Marine ScienceGeologyPlanetary Science

 Click here to view a side-by-side presentation of all 6 majors and their corresponding courses.

We strongly encourage you to come see the Student Services Advisor as early as possible. Students are accepted into the majors with a C average or better. There are a number of scholarships and research opportunities as well as other benefits available to declared majors.

You have to take the lower division required courses for a letter-grade, unless the course is offered only on a P/NP basis, and you need to earn a C- or higher in each course. The department will allow one D grade in a lower division course as long as you maintain at least a C average in the major.

If you're interested, visit Nadine Spingola-Hutton, the Student Services Advisor. She will give you the appropriate forms to declare a major and direct you to a Faculty Advisor. 

Honors Program

Earth and Planetary Science students with an overall grade point average of 3.3 in the University, including 3.3 in the major, may apply for admission to the honors program. Application should be made through the student's major advisor no later than the end of the student's junior year. Candidates for graduation with honors in EPS are required to take three units of EPS H195 and work on a senior thesis with a faculty member in the Department. Students are required to submit their thesis to both the undergraduate major advisor and their faculty thesis advisor. 

Minors

The minor is flexible enough to allow you to explore a general interest, or to focus on a particular area. You can work out the details when you see an undergraduate major advisor. Lower Division: EPS 50 or equivalent Upper Division: Five upper division courses chosen from the major list with prior approval of the major advisor At least three of the five upper division courses must be completed at Berkeley. No more than one of the five required courses for your minor may be included in your major program. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and a minimum 2.0 GPA is required in the upper division courses applied to the minor. The "Petition for Confirmation of Minor Program Completion" form is available at the L & S Advising Office or here. Once you have completed EPS 50 and the five upper division courses, bring a copy of the Petition to 305 McCone to have it signed.