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 101-103)
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 most of these courses be taken in the first year. Throughout their graduate careers, students are expected to attend departmental seminars and seminar courses led by visiting scientists.
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.