Open to:

  • any current Ohio State undergraduate student

The 12-14 credit hour Planetary Science Certificate will prepare undergraduate students to continue in the field of planetary science or planetary exploration. The certificate is designed to enhance both critical thinking and the technical skills necessary for practicing planetary science.

View course requirements below and visit the School of Earth Sciences website for more guidelines.

Course Requirements

Introductory course (3 credits):

  • EARTHSC 2205: The Planets (3)
  • ASTRON 1141: Life in the Universe (3)
  • ASTRON 2291: Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy (3)

Disciplinary course (3-4 credits):

  • EARTHSC 5646: Geodynamics (3)
  • EARTHSC 5680: Deep Earth Geophysics (3)
  • EARTHSC 5550: Geomorphology (4)
  • GEODSCI 5781: Geodesy and Geodynamics (3)

Techniques/data course (3-4 credits):

  • EARTHSC 4560: Applied Geophysics (3)
  • EARTHSC 5310: Remote Sensing in the Earth Sciences (3)
  • ASTRON 3350: Methods of Astronomical Observation and Data Analysis (3)
  • GEOG 5210: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (3)
  • GEOG 5225: Geographic Applications of Remote Sensing (3)
  • CIVILEN 5001: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)

Required core course (3 credits):

EARTHSC/ASTRON 5205: Planetary Science (3)

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