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Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The major in Geophysics and Planetary Sciences at Boston University provides students with broad knowledge of the principles of astronomy, together with geophysics and planetary sciences topics such as planetary geology, planetary atmospheres, and planetary interiors.
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Overview

Students of the Geophysics and Planetary Sciences program offered by Boston University learn to communicate astronomical information effectively to a variety of audiences using the spoken and written word. They learn to think critically and evaluate, interpret, and solve problems related to astronomy, geophysics, planetary sciences, and general scientific topics. A bachelor’s degree in G & PS prepares students for research in geophysics, geodynamics, seismology, and planetary science as well as careers in science education, management, geotechnical consulting, computing, and science writing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the principles of astronomy, especially those related to geophysics and planetary sciences topics such as planetary geology, planetary atmospheres, and planetary interiors.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the principles of physics, including gravity, orbits, and electromagnetic radiation.
  • Communicate concepts relevant to geophysics and planetary sciences effectively, both in writing and verbally, to a variety of audiences.
  • Think critically and evaluate, interpret, and solve problems related to topics in geophysics and planetary sciences, as well as other technical and general scientific topics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Stellar and Galactic Astrophysics
  • Solar and Space Physics
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Earth’s Rocky Materials
  • Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Remote Sensing and Aquatic Optics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

National
  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
International
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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