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Astrobiology (Minor) 
Program Description

To train graduate students 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 major field

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.

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Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Amy Pearl Brenton
Graduate Program Coordinator
Amy Pearl Brenton
Director of Graduate Studies
Timothy D Swindle
Graduate College Degree Counselor
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Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

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), GEOS/ASTR/PTYS 584 The Coevolution of Earth and the Bioshphere (3 credits), ASTR/PTYS 550 Origin of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems (3 credits), or ASTR 506 The Nature and Origin of Life (3 credits). 

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 graduate minor program requirements:

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Last revised 07 Nov 2017