Earth and Planetary Science

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program


The Department of Earth and Planetary Science offers a minor program in Earth and Planetary Science.  This minor is flexible enough to allow students to explore a general interest or focus on a particular area. Students can work out the details by seeing an undergraduate advisor.

Declaring the Minor

In order to apply to the Earth and Planetary Science minor, students should:

  1. Contact undergraduate student services
  2. Fill out the EPS Minor Declaration Form.

Other Majors and Minors Offered by the Department of Earth and Planetary Science

Atmospheric Science: BA, Minor
Climate Science: Minor
Environmental Earth Science: BA, Minor
Geology: BA, Minor
Geophysics: BA, Minor
Marine Science: BA, Minor
Planetary Science: BA, Minor

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Minor Requirements

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared before the first day of classes in your Expected Graduation Term (EGT). For summer graduates, minors must be declared prior to the first day of Summer Session A. 

  2. All upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade. 

  3. A minimum of three of the upper-division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.

  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required in the upper-division courses to fulfill the minor requirements.

  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.

  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.

  7. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. If students cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, they should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.

  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)


Lower Division
EPS 50The Planet Earth4
Upper Division
Five upper division Earth and Planetary Science (EPS) courses.

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Contact Information

Department of Earth and Planetary Science

307 McCone Hall

Phone: 510-642-3993

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Department Chair

Professor Michael Manga

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