Astrobiology, Minor

Program Code: ABIOL_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18-19

At least 6 credits must be taken at the 400 level.

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL/GEOSC 474Astrobiology3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ASTRO 140Life in the Universe Keystone/General Education Course3
or ASTRO 291 Astronomical Methods and the Solar System Keystone/General Education Course
EARTH 2The Earth System and Global Change Keystone/General Education Course3
or GEOSC 21 Earth and Life: Origin and Evolution Keystone/General Education Course
GEOSC 204Geobiology3-4
or BIOL 427 Evolution
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Stars and Galaxies
Molecular Evolution
General Biochemistry
General Biochemistry
Stable and Radioactive Isotopes in Geosciences: Introduction
The Organic Geochemistry of Natural Waters and Sediments
Planetary Atmospheres
Introductory Microbiology

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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Jacob Hoover
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
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University Park, PA 16802