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Jetmech0417
2004-Jan-30, 06:28 AM
I've been seriously considering majoring in planetary geology when I go to college. I was wondering, what courses would I need to take, and what schools have good astronomy/geology programs?

Thanks in advance for any help I may recieve.

Diamond
2004-Jan-30, 09:11 AM
I've been seriously considering majoring in planetary geology when I go to college. I was wondering, what courses would I need to take, and what schools have good astronomy/geology programs?

Thanks in advance for any help I may recieve.

Rocks 101 :P

Swift
2004-Jan-30, 02:15 PM
I'm not a geologist, planetary or otherwise, so I have not done a careful comparison of schools. I know my graduate school, Brown University, had a big program in planetary geology, that was involved in a number of NASA programs.

Jpax2003
2004-Jan-31, 02:02 AM
Which planet's geology are you interested in?

I would recommend deciding which planet you want to research at then find a college or university at that location to attend. :-D

Humphrey
2004-Jan-31, 03:07 AM
Talk to the poster "IMO" here. He is a astronomy professor at University of Florida. (if i remeber right)

Added: its the school i graduated from. Great school and a good astronomy department. :-)

Yumblie
2004-Feb-01, 12:23 AM
Deciding what classes to take shouldn't be a problem. If the school has a good astronomy program and a good Earth science program, generally they'll have an outline of a geology major with focus on planetary sciences. If not, you could always ask either department what you should take.

PeteB
2004-Feb-01, 02:00 PM
Here are three other places

http://epsc.wustl.edu/

http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/undergrad/

http://geology.asu.edu/

bobjohnston
2004-Feb-01, 09:01 PM
As I understand it, generally you wouldn't have an undergrad major as specialized as planetary geology. You would probably major in geology as an undergrad, maybe with a minor in astronomy or some other appropriate field. Grad majors are more specialized, and planetary sciences is one that is relevant (note PeteB's list of schools, and there are others). Your career aspirations sound similar to mine :D Me, I majored in astronomy and minored in geology as an undergrad (bearing in mind that my undergrad astronomy program had as many courses in physics as in astronomy).