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Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

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(617) 253-2127

Department Head: Robert van der Hilst

Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences (Course XII) prepares students for professional careers in a wide range of fields in geoscience (which includes geology, geophysics, and geochemistry), physics of atmospheres and oceans, environmental science, and planetary science and planetary astronomy. Students apply physics, chemistry, and mathematics to the study of the Earth and planets in order to understand the processes that are active in the Earth's interior, oceans, and atmosphere, as well as the interiors and atmospheres of other planets. The department also uses the basic sciences to understand the past history of the Earth and planets. By combining the past history with models of present physical and chemical processes, faculty and students work to develop an understanding of the dynamics of systems as diverse as the global climate system, regional tectonics and deformation, petroleum and geothermal reservoirs, and the solar system.

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences ensures a fundamental background through departmental core subjects and advanced study in an area of concentration that includes required subjects and restricted electives. Students are also required to take field and/or laboratory subjects, and to complete an independent research project as part of the degree requirements.