The B.S. in Solid Earth and Planetary Sciences (SEP) degree is for students interested in developing mechanical and dynamic understanding of processes that control planetary behavior and are looking to apply Georgia Tech’s strengths in mathematics and computation to understand the evolution, future, hazards, and structure of planetary bodies, including Earth.

SEP students will:

  • develop a deep understanding of the evolution and dynamics of the solid Earth and other planetary systems, including the geologic evolution of the planet along with life, as well as dynamic climatic interactions between atmosphere, biology, and oceans.
  • become adept at understanding ground-based and remote-sensing geophysical data and apply this information to computational tools for understanding planetary systems.
  • find many opportunities to advance scientific application, communication, research, and synthesis of knowledge to advance career opportunities.

Students completing the degree in Solid Earth and Planetary Sciences will be well qualified for graduate programs and careers in government, industry, and research due to the structure and rigor of the program supported by the computational focus of Georgia Tech. Some of these careers or graduate programs include geophysical and geological analysts, geophysical exploration and environmental remediation, geologic hazards monitoring and modeling, geophysics, and planetary science. Students that complete this degree will additionally be suited for outside opportunities in statistical and “big data” analysis, general science education, and outreach. Students interested in research opportunities can work with our world-class SEP faculty and gain experience needed to be successful within graduate programs around the world.

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