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.
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.
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
Pre-requisites: All core courses require advanced understanding of calculus and quantitative methods in sciences. Check individual courses for possible additional requirements.
Astrobiology undergraduate minor program requirements: http://astrobiology.arizona.edu/education/undergradabminor
Astrobiology graduate minor program requirements: http://astrobiology.arizona.edu/education/gradabminor