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What kind of degree to study exoplanets?

  1. Sep 22, 2010 #1
    Would a Physics/Astronomy degree be ideal, or would it be more appropriate to study Earth Sciences like Geology, etc.?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 23, 2010 #2
    It isn't really an undergraduate subject, but to get any look at the subject you'd need to take astronomy. My undergraduate degree was in astronomy and there was a single course on exoplanets - though the subject is bigger now I still don't think it's worth more than that at undergraduate level. Post-graduate research is huge in this area, however - but it is mostly about discovering the planets themselves, and inferring very rough details about their properties.
     
  4. Sep 24, 2010 #3
    Find out where the brightest spark in exoplanet research is lecturing, go to that university, and take whatever course can best get you into his orbit...
     
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