Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I apply for the Minor in Planetary Science and Space Exploration?

A. First, know that this Minor must be taken in conjunction with a Major or Specialization in another program. Check the Academic Calendar to make sure a Minor will fit in your degree structure* (e.g., you can’t take a double major AND a minor). You can register online, or meet with an Academic Advisor if you have any questions about registration.

*Note that Engineering and Ivey Business students cannot take a Minor, but they may instead take a second Major in Geology and choose Planetary Science & Space Exploration courses as optional courses

Q. What are the prerequisites?

A. You need to have taken 5.0 Full Course Equivalents at the 1000-level. There are no specific course requirements; however some of the optional courses in the Minor have prerequisites.

Q. I’m Majoring in Music/History/Law/etc… Can I consider this Minor?

A. Yes! Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this module we welcome students from all faculties* and departments.

*Note that Engineering and Ivey Business students cannot take a Minor, but they may instead take a second Major in Geology and choose Planetary Science & Space Exploration courses as optional courses

Q. I’m planning on going to Medical School, but I’m interested in space-related studies. Can this program help me?

A. Yes! Through our courses you can learn about life in extreme environments, the human body in space, psychology of groups in isolation, and more. This could help to prepare you for a career in operational space medicine, astrobiology, psychology or physiology of space exploration.

Q. Which department is responsible for the Minor in Planetary Science and Space Exploration?

A. The Planetary Science & Space Exploration Minor is housed in the Department of Earth Sciences (in partnership with the Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration (CPSX)). Individual courses are taught by the Departments of Earth Sciences, Geography, and Physics and Astronomy. Courses from additional departments will be added in the future.