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Planetary Sciences (PTYS)
Space Sciences Building, Room 325
(520) 621-6963

Professors Eugene H. Levy, Head, Victor R. Baker, William V.
Boynton, Michael J. Drake, Uwe Fink, Tom Gehrels, Richard J.
Greenberg, William B. Hubbard, Donald M. Hunten, J. Randolph
Jokipii, Harold P. Larson, John S. Lewis, H. Jay Melosh, George
H. Rieke, Elizabeth Roemer, Charles P. Sonett (Emeritus), Robert
G. Strom, Martin G. Tomasko (Research)

Associate Professors Willy Benz, Jonathan I. Lunine, Carolyn
Porco, Robert B. Singer

Assistant Professors Timothy D. Swindle

Participating Scientists from the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory:

Senior Research Scientists Lyle A. Broadfoot, Larry A. Lebofsky,
Bill R. Sandel

Associate Research Scientists Jay B. Holberg, Lon L. Hood

Assistant Research Scientists Robert McMillan, Ann Vickery, Roger

The Department of Planetary Sciences offers a multidisciplinary
program leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
degrees with a major in planetary science.

Earth science teaching major: Students interested in teaching
secondary school earth science, which includes planetary
sciences, should see the list of required courses under
Department of Geosciences.

Undergraduate students may obtain a minor in Planetary Sciences.
The PTYS minor must include PTYS 403, 411, and six other upper-
division units in Planetary Science. The remaining units are
chosen by the student and major advisor subject to final approval
by the Planetary Sciences Curriculum Committee.

or admission and degree requirements, please see the Graduate

105. The Universe and Humanity: Origin and Destiny (3) I II
Formation and evolution of the Universe, the solar system, and
life; events which led to our existence; the future for life in
the solar system; life elsewhere. Designed for nonscientists.
(Identical with ASTR 105)

106. Survey of the Solar System (4) I II Interdisciplinary
synthesis of planetary and space science; the sun, planets,
satellites, interplanetary gas, comets, small bodies, space
missions. Designed for nonscientists. 3R, 3L. P, MATH 117R/S.
(Identical with ASTR 106 and GEOS 106)

107. Planet Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World (3) I II
History of the Earth as a planet including the origin of the
solar system; formation of life; comparative evolution of Earth,
Mars, Venus and Titan; global climate change past and present.
Designed for nonscientists. P, MATH 116 recommended, not

112.  Undergraduate Research in Planetary Science (4) II Student
research using spacecraft or ground-based telescopic data to
investigate various topics of current interest in planetary
science. P, 105 or 106. 2R, 2L.

211. Image Processing for Scientific Discovery (3) II Image
processing as a tool for exploration, discovery and analysis of
digital images in a variety of sciences. The emphasis is on
hands-on image processing with applications to various sciences
using a variety of activities and data sets. For science, non-
science and science education majors. 2R, 1L. (Identical with TTE

403. Introduction to the Solar System (3) I 1993-94 Survey of
planetary physics, planetary motions, planetary interiors,
geophysics, planetary atmospheres, asteroids, comets, origin of
the solar system. P, PHYS 112a or PHYS 121. (Identical with ASTR
403 and GEOS 403) May be convened with 503.

411. Introduction to Planetary Geology (4) I 1994-95 Geologic
processes and landforms on satellites and the terrestrial
planets, their modification under various planetary environments,
and methods of analysis. 3R, 3L. (Identical with GEOS 411)

418. Modern Astronomical Instrumentation and Techniques (3) 1993-
94 (Identical with ASTR 418) May be convened with 518.

419. Global Tectonic Processes (3) II (Identical with GEOS 419)
May be convened with 519.

441a-441b. Dynamic Meteorology (3-3) (Identical with ATMO 441a-
441b) May be convened with 541a-541b.

503. Introduction to the Solar System (3) I 1993-94 For a
description of course topics, see 403. Graduate-level
requirements include an in-depth research paper on a selected
topic and an oral class presentation. This course does not count
toward the major requirements in planetary sciences. P, PHYS 112a
or PHYS 121. (Identical with ASTR 503 and GEOS 503) May be
convened with 403.

505a-505b-505c. Principles of Planetary Physics (3-3-3) Planetary
and interplanetary fluids and plasmas, structure and behavior of
planetary matter, and transport processes. Applications of
geophysics, fluid mechanics, and statistical physics to planetary
interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres; rheology of planets, atomic
and molecular spectroscopy, radiative transfer. Principles of
celestial mechanics. P, PHYS 435.

510. Principles of Cosmochemistry (3) I 1994-95 Chemical
compositions of solar system objects; equilibrium and
nonequilibrium chemical processes applied to planets;
cosmochronology. (Identical with GEOS 510)

518. Modern Astronomical Instrumentation and Techniques (3) I
1993-94 (Identical with ASTR 518) May be convened with 418.

519. Global Tectonic Processes (3) II (Identical with GEOS 519)
May be convened with 419.

520. Meteorites (3) II 1994-95 Classification; chemical,
mineralogical and isotopic composition; cosmic abundances; ages;
interaction with solar and cosmic radiation; relation to comets
and asteroids. P, 510. (Identical with GEOS 520)

523. Statistical Mechanical Problems in the Space Sciences (3) I
1994-95 Foundations of statistical mechanics; fluctuations, noise
and irreversible thermodynamics; applications of statistical
mechanics in astrophysical and planetary environments. P, 505a-
505b-505c. (Identical with ASTR 523)

530. Chemical Evolution of the Earth (3) I (Identical with GEOS

541a-541b. Dynamic Meteorology (3-3) (Identical with ATMO 541a-
541b) May be convened with 441a-441b.

544. Physics of High Atmospheres (3) II 1993-94 Physical
properties of upper atmospheres, including gaseous composition,
temperature and density, ozonosphere, and ionospheres, with
emphasis on chemical transformations and eddy transport.
(Identical with ATMO 544)

545. Stellar Atmospheres (3) I 1993-94 (Identical with ASTR 545)

553. Solar System Dynamics (3) II 1993-94 Dynamical processes
affecting the orbital evolution of planets, asteroids, and
satellites, and the rotational evolution of solid bodies.
Emphasizes modern nonlinear dynamics and chaos. P, MATH 254, PHYS
410, 412 and/or consult with department before enrolling.
(Identical with ASTR 553)

554. Evolution of Planetary Surfaces (3) II 1994-95 The geologic
processes and evolution of terrestrial planet and satellite
surfaces including the Galilean and Saturnian and Uranian
satellites. Course includes one or two field trips to Meteor
Crater or other locales. (Identical with GEOS 554)

555. Remote Sensing of Planetary Surfaces (3) II 1993-94
Exploration of planetary surfaces, including that of the Earth,
with remote sensing. Emphasis on compositional determination
using visible and infrared methods. Basic principles, image and
spectroscopic analysis techniques, and case studies in planetary
remote sensing. (Identical with ASTR 555 and GEOS 555)

556a-556b. Electrodynamics of Conducting Fluids and Plasmas (3-3)
1994-95 Plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics. 556a:
Introduction; discussion of the sun, solar wind, magnetosphere,
cosmic rays. 556b: Interstellar gas, galaxies, dynamos, pulsars.
P, PHYS 410, 415a-415b. (Identical with ASTR 556a-556b and PHYS

565. Jovian Planets and Satellites (3) I 1994-95 Atmospheric
composition, structure and global circulation. Physical
properties and dynamics of ring systems. Evolution of satellite
surfaces. Occultation technique for studying rings, surfaces, and

567. Inverse Problems in Geophysics (3) I 1994-95 (Identical with
GEOS 567)

571. Terrestrial Planets (3) I 1993-94 Geophysical and
geochemical techniques used to deduce composition and evolution
of terrestrial planets. Topics include the Earth, Moon, Mars,
Venus, and meteorites. (Identical with GEOS 571)

582. High Energy Astrophysics (3) II 1993-94 (Identical with ASTR

583. Thermodynamics in Geosciences (3) I (Identical with GEOS

589. Topics in Theoretical Astrophysics (3) [Rpt.] I (Identical
with PHYS 589)

594. Practicum
a. Planetary Geology Field Studies (1) [Rpt./3] I II Field trip

596. Seminar
a. Frontiers of Cosmochemistry (3) [Rpt./4] II 1994-95 P, 510,
GEOS 457.


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