Planetary Studies

Minor Description:

Students who wish to prepare for a career in solar system research should include a strong background in the fundamental physical sciences as part of their undergraduate studies. Some majors to consider include Applied Mathematics, Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, and Physics.

Minor Requirements:

Undergraduate students at the UA may obtain a minor in Planetary Sciences. The PTYS minor must include PTYS 403, 407, 411, and three other upper-division units in Planetary Science for a total of 12 upper-division units. The remaining 6 units are chosen by the student in consultation with a Planetary Sciences advisor. This provides for an appropriate sequence of courses in Planetary Sciences that meets university requirements (minimum of 18 units of which at least 9 are upper-division) while allowing flexibility for the student to add complementary courses. Possible elective units include: 

  • ASTR 408, 418, 455, 475A
  • ATMO 441A, 441B
  • GEOS 419, 430
  • Any other PTYS courses numbered 200 or above (except for PTYS 342)
Declaring the Minor:

 If you are interested in pursuing the undergraduate minor in Planetary Sciences, please download the form and contact Amy Brenton for more information (; Kuiper Space Sciences 333; 520-621-6954). 

Form for declaring minor

Academic Advisement Report