The Academic Program at CU Boulder
|Graduate students examining an exposure of the K-T Boundary
Planetary graduate students choose a participating
department depending upon their background and the set of curriculum
that matches their interests. Coursework is typically completed
after four semesters, and a preliminary examination on individual
research is required prior to a Ph.D. defense.
Additionally, some departments require a written comprehensive
examination as part of the preliminary examination. All planetary
students are encouraged to take our four-course core sequence in planetary science, which includes:
- Planetary Atmospheres
- Planetary Surfaces and Interiors
- Origin and Evolution of Planetary Systems
- Special Topics in Planetary Science
|Planetary Geology class field trip to Meteor Crater, Arizona.
The planetary curriculum is not limited to the core sequence, though.
Examples of electives offered
are Planetary Magnetospheres, Radiative Transfer in Planetary Atmospheres,
Astrobiology, Mars, and Planetary Astronomy, as well as courses
from neighboring departments on topics such as planetary geophysics,
computational techniques, and remote sensing. There are also Graduate
Certificate Programs in Astrobiology and Geophysics to augment your experience
with additional training in these fields.
|Graduate Student, Hanna Sizemore preparing soil samples for
Mars analog experiments.
Admissions requirements for each participating department and program
can be found by clicking on the name in the blue table below. For
further information, contact the appropriate department
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
One of the greatest strengths of the Planetary Program is its interdisciplinary
nature and students typically work with faculty in multiple departments.
Students have a chance to tailor their courses and research pathway
in a manner most beneficial to their interests. Curriculum and degree
requirements for each participating department can be found by clicking
on the name below.