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Program/Degree
Astrobiology (Minor) 
Program Description

To train undergraduates and graduates in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology as a minor to their major area of concentration. Students of astronomy, biosciences, chemistry, geosciences and planetary sciences are often interested in studies related to astrobiology. This program will allow students to develop a strong core of understanding in astrobiology, thus enhancing their specific research in their traditional field of biosciences, astronomy, etc.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Planetary Sciences -

The Department of Planetary Sciences offers multidisciplinary programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in planetary sciences. Areas of specialization include, but are not restricted to, the experimental, observational, and theoretical study of planetary atmospheres; the interiors of planets and planetary satellites; asteroid and cometary astronomy and physics; meteoritics; problems of plasma physics associated with cosmic rays; the solar wind and its interaction with solar system bodies; celestial dynamics; solar physics; and investigations of the formation of the solar system and other planetary systems.

Applicants should have completed an undergraduate major in a physical science such as astronomy, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, geology, mathematics, or physics. However, admission is based on the overall demonstrated capability and preparation of the applicant.

 
College
College of Science  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Amy Pearl Brenton
520-621-6963
Graduate Program Coordinator
Amy Pearl Brenton
520-621-6963
Director of Graduate Studies
Timothy D Swindle
520-621-4128
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Unspecified
 
Tuition and Fees
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Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Requirements:

  • A minimum of 18 units, which must include 9 units of upper division course work and 3 units of University Credit.
  • A minimum of 3.00 GPA in the minor.

Core Courses for Undergraduate Minor (each 3 credits)

Most astrobiology core courses are cross-listed in multiple departments and can be taken at both 400 and 500 levels, with different requirements for undergraduate and graduate students.

Graduate Minor Requirements

  • A minimum of 9 units and a minimum of 3.00 GPA in the minor.
  • Must take 9 units from the following: ASTR 588A Astrochemistry (3 credits), ASTR475/575 Planetary Astrobiology (3 credits), a Geosciences course (TBD) or the Properties and Origin of Life (TBD). 

Pre-requisites: All core courses require advanced understanding of calculus and quantitative methods in sciences. Check individual courses for possible additional requirements.

 
Minor Requirements

Astrobiology undergraduate minor program requirements: http://astrobiology.arizona.edu/education/undergradabminor

Astrobiology graduate minor program requirements: http://astrobiology.arizona.edu/education/gradabminor

 
Student Handbook
https://lpl.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/graduate/forms/PHDRequirements.pdf  
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Last revised 27 Jun 2014