Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Near-Surface Geochemistry and Geobiology

Declaring a Major/Minor

The Department of Earth and Planetary Science offers six undergraduate major tracks:

Atmospheric ScienceGeophysicsEnvironmental Earth Science
Marine ScienceGeologyPlanetary Science

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

We strongly encourage to be in touch with the undergraduate 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 and/or upper division course as long as you maintain at least a C average (2.0 GPA) for your lower division major GPA and upper division major GPA.

If you're interested in declaring, please contact or make a virtual advising appointment here.

Course Offering Schedule

Additional information to that found in the Berkeley Academic Guide course schedule ( for when courses will be offered can be found here:

Earth and Planetary Science Majors: Course Offerings Schedule

Fall 2021 EPS Enrollment Information and FAQs

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. 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 advisor and their faculty thesis advisor. 


The Department of Earth and Planetary Science has eight minors:

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Climate Science
  • Environmental Earth Science
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Marine Science
  • Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Science

You can work out the details when you see an undergraduate major advisor. Lower Division: EPS 50 or equivalent Upper Division, EPS C82 for Marine Science, EPS 7 or 81 for Climate Science. Five upper division courses are 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 EPS Climate Science Minor form is available here.

The form for all other EPS minors is available here.

Please bring the form to the undergraduate advisor as soon as possible to declare one of the minors. A minor must be declared no later than one semester prior to a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). The deadline is the last day of RRR week.