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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Astrobiology Minor

Intercollege Program (ABIOL)

Astrobiology is the study of life in the universe. Astrobiology has become a major focus of scientific research in the United States and a topic often discussed in popular science literature and the general media. The Astrobiology Minor is designed to educate students in this interdisciplinary field covering the varied scientific disciplines that contribute to our general understanding of life, the origin of life, the past history of life on Earth, possible futures for life on Earth, and the possible existence of life on other planetary environments. The principle goal of the minor is to develop student's literacy in astrobiology so that they can critically evaluate claims related to this field that they encounter well after their college education has ended.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

REQUIREMENT FOR THE MINOR: 18 credits with at least 6 credits at the 400 level

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
BIOL/GEOSC 474(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
EARTH 002 GN(3) or GEOSC 021 GN(3) (Sem: 1-6)
ASTRO 140 GN(3) or ASTRO 291 GN(3)(Sem: 5-8)
GEOSC 204(4) or BIOL 427(3)(Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (5-6 credits)
Select 5-6 credits from ASTRO 475W(3), BIOL 405(3), B M B 401(3), B M B 402(3), GEOSC 416(3), GEOSC 419(3), METEO 466(3), or MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-07-084A

Review Date: 7/27/05