In addition to general Institute and basic division requirements, the PhD candidate in geophysics must successfully complete the following coursework requirements:
Two of (Ge 101, Ge 103, Ge 104, or ESE 101)
Either Ae/Ge/Me 160 ab, APh 105 ab, MS 115 ab or a subject equivalent
Three of (Ge 161, Ge 162, Ge 163, Ge 164) and Ge 111ab, and the choice between a minor in any field at Caltech or five additional 100- or 200-level science or mathematics courses
It is highly recommended that these courses be taken in the first year.
To complete the course requirements, students have the choice between a minor in any field (example: Computational Science & Engineering
http://www.cse.caltech.edu>) or five additional 100/200 level science or math courses. Students may substitute another course for a required course if they can demonstrate to the option representative that they have already had the material in the required course.
Units at Caltech nominally reflect the total hours a typical student will spend per week in the classroom, the lab and with homework. Thus, a nine unit course may involve three hours in the classroom, two hours in a laboratory and four hours doing homework each week.