The Major.

 

With an emphasis on personal attention, the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences undergraduate program provides students with a challenging course of study in the geophysical sciences, uniting faculty and students in the quest to solve real world problems through the application of physics, chemistry, and mathematics.

Many of our classes involve studying in the field, at sites near and far. And, through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), students in EAPS have ample opportunity to work alongside faculty conducting significant research. We also offer a distinctive Fifth-Year Master of Science Degree Program.

 

How do I become an EAPS major?

The requirements for the major are designed to give you the chance to explore the research area that excites you. After building a foundation with the subjects in the Core, you will select Lab/Field subjects and Concentration Area subjects that support your interests. Your advisor will help you build a coherent program. Whichever subjects you might choose, you will build quantitative and analytical skills that will be important for your career after earning your degree. See the complete Degree Chart and Roadmaps for more specifics on how you might develop your path to a degree in Course 12.

MIT First Years choose a department for their major at the end of the Spring term. If you would like to discuss majoring in EAPS please talk to any faculty member or or get in touch with the EAPS Education Office—or or visit us in 54-912.

EAPS Education Director
Megan Jordan | mkjordan@mit.edu

Course 12 Core Requirements

CHOOSE TWO INTRO SUBJECTS

[ 24 Units ]

12.001 Introduction to Geology
12.002 Introduction to Geophysics and Planetary Science
12.003 Introduction to Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics
12.007 Geobiology: History of Life on Earth

*A subject in this area not used to meet the core requirement may be used as a concentration subject.

 
 

REQUIRED RESEARCH SUBJECTS

[ 12 UNITS ]

12.TIP – Thesis Preparation
12.ThU – Undergraduate Thesis

Lab + Field Subjects

CHOOSE ONE OPTION

[ 12 UNITS ]

*All of these subjects are CI-M subjects.

  • 12.115 Field Geology

    AND 12.116 Field Geology Analysis

  • Recommended for 

    Geoscience
    Planetary Science & Astronomy
    Environmental Systems

 

  • 12.307 Weather and Climate Laboratory

  • Recommended for 

    Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
    Environmental Systems

 

  • 12.335 Experimental Atmospheric Chemistry

  • Recommended for 

    Atmosphere, Oceans & Climate
    Environmental Systems

 

  • 12.410 Observational Techniques of Optical Astronomy

  • Recommended for 

    Planetary Science & Astronomy

Program Concentrations

CHOOSE AN AREA OF CONCENTRATION

[ 96-99 UNITS ]


See complete Degree Chart for specific concentration area class subjects.

See the Roadmaps for a year-by-year example of how you might construct the requirements for your degree.

AREA 1
Geoscience: Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geobiology

AREA 2
Atmosphere, Oceans, and Climate

AREA 3
Planetary Science and Astronomy

AREA 4
Environmental Systems