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Florida Tech's Planetary Science Degree

Explore the study of planets and specialize in planetology.

One of Florida Tech's most prestigious space science degree programs, the planetary science degree option is designed to meet the needs of students intending to pursue graduate studies in space physics, geophysical sciences and planetary sciences.

The program also provides professional preparation to students who intend to pursue a career in aerospace and related industries. Established alongside the U.S. space program, Florida Tech has one of the oldest and most well-known collection of space science degree programs in the country, including the planetary science degree.

Gain Practical Experience

Whether you want to study the effects of solar activity, examine the properties of planetary bodies in our solar system or unlock the mysteries of planets around other stars, a planetary science degree from Florida Tech gives you a strong background in physics and hands-on experience with space science technologies.

Home to all physics and space sciences programs, the Olin Physical Sciences Center includes two large multi-use lecture/demonstration classrooms and the Olin Observatory, which houses our 0.8-m Ortega Telescope. Faculty are involved in NASA's Kepler exoplanet mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Cassini mission to Saturn and Titan, and study solar system objects from Mercury to the Kuiper Belt and beyond.

Through study, independent research and internship opportunities, students gain practical experience, an enhanced job search portfolio and the perfect preparation for graduate school or employment.

Build Professional Relationships

Beyond the classroom, planetary science degree majors build leadership and professional experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like Sigma Pi Sigma (national physics honor society), Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, the Student Astronomical Society, Student Government and over 100 other campus-wide student organizations.

Get Recruited Upon Graduation

Employers seek out graduates with a planetary science degree from Florida Tech. Employers who recruit our students for internships and careers include NASA, United Space Alliance, Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, DRS Optronics, Malin Space Science Systems, nearby Kennedy Space Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Earn an Advanced Degree

After receiving their degrees from the Department of Physics & Space Sciences, many students go to post graduate studies at Florida Tech and other prestigious universities including:

  • Johns Hopkins
  • Dartmouth
  • MIT
  • Caltech
  • Notre Dame

Imagine yourself at Florida Tech with the opportunity that a planetary science degree gives you.