Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary scientific field of study that examines the origins and distribution of life in the universe. The Astrobiology minor is designed to educate students to cover the range of scientific disciplines that contribute to our general understanding of life, the origin of life, the past history of life on Earth, and the possible existence of life on other planets and moons. The principal goal of the minor is to develop student literacy in astrobiology so that they can critically evaluate claims related to this field reported in the news media and popular culture.
Students completing this program will be able to:
- Critically evaluate scientific issues related to Astrobiology discussed in the media and popular culture;
- Apply the scientific method to investigate problems in multiple scientific disciplines;
- Interpret and analyze field and laboratory data;
- Communicate technical information effectively (orally, in writing, and/or through electronic media).
Group A Courses
|01:460:203 Building and Maintaining a Habitable Planet (3 cr)||Kopp||None|
|01:460:212 Earth and Life Through Time (3 cr)||Wright||None|
|01:460:222 Planet Mars (3 cr)||Gross||None|
|01:460:224 Geology of Moons and Planets (3 cr)||Ojha||None|
|01:460:304 Introduction to Geochemistry (4 cr)||Godfrey / Mortlock||[01:460:100 Planet Earth & 01:460:103 Introductory Geology Laboratory] or 01:460:101 Introductory Geology; 01:160:161 General Chemistry|
|01:460:305 Evolution and Geologic Time (3 cr)||Aubry||01:460:100 Planet Earth or 01:460:101 Introductory Geology|
|01:460:441 Structure and Formation of the Terrestrial Planets (3 cr)||Bermingham / Levin||01:460:302 Petrology or 304 Intro. to Geochemistry or 306 Intro. to Geophysics or by permission of instructo|
|01:460:476 History of the Earth System (3 cr)||Falkowski||Intro Chemistry, Intro Biology and Intro Physics or by permission|
|01:460:480 Major Events in Earth History (3 cr)||Staff||By permission of instructor|
Group B Courses
|01:750:341 Principles of Astrophysics||Buckley||General Physics: 01:750:194 or 202 or 204, 228 or 273||Astrophysics majors must select another course.|
|01:750:342 Principles of Astrophysics||Gawiser||General Physics 01:750:194 or 202 or 204, 228 or 273||Astrophysics majors must select another course.|
|11:115:100 Molecules of Life1 (3 cr)||Crane||None||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry majors must select another course.|
|11:680:201 Introduction to Microbiology (3 cr)||Rauschenbach||1 semester of general biology & general chemistry or by permission||Microbiology majors must select another course.|
|11:216:251 Fundamentals of Evolution (3 cr)||Struwe / Duffy||General Biology (01:119:101/102 or 01:119: 116/117)||Ecology & Evolution & Natural Resources majors must select another course.|
1Students will not receive credit for 11:115:100 if they have already completed 01:119:150 Biology, Society and Biomedical Issues.