Planetary Sciences
@ The University of Colorado

Planetary Science News


Graduate study in Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado consists of interdisciplinary coursework, frontier research opportunities, and a life in the Boulder area that can include more than just work. The CU Planetary Science program offers a broad approach, involvement in active and future spacecraft missions, and an excellent graduate student lifestyle. Many members of the Planetary faculty are associated with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).

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What is Planetary Science at CU?

The CU Planetary Science program is composed of students, researchers, and faculty from a variety of academic departments, including the Departments of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Physics, Geological Sciences, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Aerospace Engineering, and the interdisciplinary Geophysics Program. Students from any of these departments can work with faculty in any area. Over 25 Ph.D. level faculty participate in research relevant to all aspects of planetary science. Additionally, the CU Center for Astrobiology is one of 15 member institutions in NASA's Astrobiology Institute, which is geared toward understanding the origin and potential for life on Earth, the solar system, and other planetary systems. Planetary science in Boulder extends beyond the University, and experts from nearby research organizations such as the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), with 25 planetary scientists, the High-Altitude Observatory (HAO), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) teach classes, give seminars, and collaborate with students. 

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