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Majoring in Planetary Science?

  1. May 1, 2013 #1
    I am currently majoring in astrophysics as an undergrad, but my eventual goal is to have a masters or PhD in planetary science. I'm at the point of the course ladder where I've finished up the vanilla physics and math prereqs in order to start on my major specific courses.

    Long story short, I can still switch to geology/geosciences without having to back track. My main question is should I stick with astrophysics, switch to geology, or grind out a double major in both in order to be eligible for planetary science grad school?

    I'm having problems finding any concrete information on the subject and emailed CIPS at Berkeley and haven't gotten a response.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
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  3. May 1, 2013 #2
    Either will work, so I think it depends mostly on what you want to do. For example, if you want to do planetary dynamics/evolution, then astrophysics would be the better route. If you wanted to analyze rock samples on Mars, then geoscience would be better.
  4. May 1, 2013 #3
    Ha, I want to do all of the above.

    But I guess to be more specific, the emphases within geology I'm considering is in surficial and environmental geology. I'm not sure if that will translate well to the planetary side of things though.
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