Upon completion of the minor program in Astrobiology, a student will demonstrate an in-depth understanding in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology. 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 major field.
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 of Science
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Students must be enrolled as a current Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona. Minors are not available to master’s students.
Nine units from the following:
All core courses require advanced understanding of calculus and quantitative methods in sciences. Check individual courses for possible additional requirements.
Elective coursework is not required.
Minimum GPA in minor coursework: 3.0
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.