Minor in Space and Planetary Science


Portland State University offers a minor in Space and Planetary Science. The minor requires 28 quarter credits, from the lists of classes below.

8 Credits selected from:
G201/204, G202/205/207 Geology, Geology Laboratory, Computer Based Geology Laboratory (8-9 credits) 
Ph 361U/Sci315U, Ph362U/Sci 316U General Astronomy (8 credits).

20 credits of electives selected from:
G203/206 Historical Geology (4 credits) or G340U Life of the Past (4 credits)
G345 Life in the Universe (4 credits)
G346 Exploring Mars (4 credits)
G355 Earth and Space Sciences for Elementary Educators (4 credits)
G456 Astrogeology (4 credits)
Frontiers in Planetary Science
(4 credits)
G446 Meteorites (4 credits)
G404 Cooperative Internship/Education (1-2 credits) or G405 Reading and Conference (1-2 credits)

Residency requirement: At least 16 credits must be taken at PSU.

Pass/No Pass: Upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade to count toward fulfilling department minor requirements with the exceptions of G404 and G405 which are offered only for pass/no pass. 

Full Disclosure: Prerequisite requirements exist for G446 Meteorites (G201 and one year of chemistry). This is the only course in the program that has a prerequisite. 

Advisor: For questions about the Space & Planetary Science minor, please contact Dr. Alex Ruzicka.



G345 Life in the Universe provides
a  broad overview ranging from the origin
of life, to planets around other stars
(extrasolar planets)

G456 Astrogeology provides a survey of
the solar system including results from
current missions.  The image above is of

Columbia Hills, Mars
G346 Exploring Mars is an introduction to Mars with an emphasis on spacecraft exploration. The image above is of the Columbia Hills obtained by the Spirit Mars Exploration rover.


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