Space scientists teach in three UCLA departments: Earth and Space
Sciences (ESS), Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Physics, but only the Earth
and Space Sciences offers an undergraduate program in space science
leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. This program is their
Bachelor of Science in Geophysics and Space Physics. The requirements
for the major are described below. For those interested in a single
lower division or upper division course your attention is directed to
the courses ESS 7, ESS 9, ESS 154 and ESS 155. The complete
UCLA class schedule
is available through UCLA's main WWW server.
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Requirements the Major
Requirements for the Space Physics program is available through the UCLA Registrar's website.
Students planning to do graduate work in specialized careers in Earth
sciences should, when possible, take appropriate courses in departments
outside the major in addition to those already specified. Suggested
graduate programs for various fields of emphasis are available in the
Student Affairs Office, 3683 Geology, and provide guidelines in
selecting upper division courses.
Qualified undergraduate students may, with consent of their advisers and
the instructor, take Earth and Space Sciences graduate courses
numbered from 200A through 249.
Courses for General Interest
- ESS 7 - Perils of Space: Introduction to Space Weather.
- Lecture, four hours. Concepts of plasma physics. Dynamic sun, solar wind, and Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere. Space storms and substorms and their impacts on astronauts, spacecraft, and surface power and communication grids.
- ESS 9 - Origin and Evolution of the Solar System
- Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Properties of sun,
planets, asteroids, and comets. Astronomical observations relevant
to understanding the solar system and its origin. Dynamical
problems including examination of fallacious hypotheses.
Meteoritic evidence regarding earliest history of the solar system.
Chemical models of solar nebula. Space exploration and planning.
- ESS 154 - Solar Terrestrial Physics.
- Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisite or
corequisite; Physics 110B. Particle and electromagnetic emissions
from the sun under quiet and under disturbed conditions. Solar
wind. Magnetospheres and ionospheres of Earth and other planets.
Geomagnetic phenomena and the aurora.
- ESS 155 - Planetary Physics
- Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisites:
Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, Physics 8A, 8B and 8C, or consent of
instructor. Formation of solar nebula; origin of planets and
their satellites; comets, asteroids, and meteorites; celestial
mechanics and dynamics; physics of planetary interiors, surfaces