Planetary Science  (Certificate)

Explore strange new worlds in our solar system and beyond. Learn how to assess their geologic evolution, surface environments, atmospheres, and to search for possible bio-signatures. Learn new skills to enhance your preparation for exciting careers, with opportunities in the burgeoning space exploration industry in Arizona and across the nation.

Program Description

The certificate program in planetary science prepares undergraduate students in topics related to the formation and evolution of planetary bodies and associated remote sensing technologies employed in these studies. The program includes specific training in the areas of the origins of planetary systems, tectonics, volcanism, geomorphology and remote mapping of surficial geology using spacecraft and land-based observational data. Additional skills may include understanding of planetary atmospheres, astrobiology, geodynamics and cosmochemistry.

This interdisciplinary program prepares students for technical career paths, and helps prepare students to best engage with exciting opportunities in the frontier of planetary exploration.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

Certificate courses may have prerequisites, the most common of which are listed below. Additional enrollment requirements may include completion of these courses or their equivalents with a "C" or better:

  • GLG 101/103 Introduction to Geology I (Physical), and Laboratory or SES 121/123 Earth, Solar System and Universe, and Laboratory
  • a math course at the level of MAT 266 Calculus 2 or higher
  • a chemistry course at the level of CHM 113 or higher
  • a physics course at the level of PHY 121/122 or higher

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Program Contact Information

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  • 480/965-5081