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EAPS revamps curriculum

The faculty of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS, Course 12) has restructured the degree requirements for the SB degree to take effect in the fall of 1995.

The department now offers three areas of concentration: geoscience, physics of atmospheres and oceans, and planetary science and planetary astronomy. Each area has a set of required subjects which includes some form of hands-on laboratory or field work, normally carried out during IAP. In addition to the concentration requirements, all EAPS undergraduates must also complete two of the department's five "core" subjects (12.001, 12.002, 12.003, 12.004, 12.006), differential equations (18.03 or 18.034), and a thesis or independent project.

In support of the new requirements, EAPS has added 14 new undergraduate subjects to the curriculum in the 1995-96 academic year. The new program will enable EAPS students to major in applied physics or chemistry in addition to the long-established geoscience major.

The department expects these new options to attract larger numbers of majors and minors. EAPS now has 29 majors and seven minors in the undergraduate program.

To get more information about the degree program, interested students may contact Dan Burns, the EAPS education officer, Rm 54-910, x3-3380 or .

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 12, 1995.

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