Astrobiology Minor

Designed for majors in Biology, Biomolecular Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics.

Requirements: (18 credits)

Capstone: ESCI 470 Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology (3)

Note that some electives have additional prerequisites.

In addition, students must take CHEM 161 General Chemistry, CHEM 162 General Chemistry Lab and CHEM 201. Foundations of Analytical Chemistry Lab, and either CHEM 200 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry or CHEM 260 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry. (all requried by majors listed above.)

Since students cannot double-count specific courses for a major and minor, Biology, BMS, and ESCI majors may take additional electives in lieu of designated core courses.

Core Courses:

AST 208Planetary Astronomy

4

and

BIO 121General Biology I

4

or

BMS 102Introduction to Biomolecular Science

3

and

BMS 103Introduction to Biomolecular Science Laboratory

1

The remaining 7 credits will be selected from the following pre-approved electives or other electives as approved by an advisor in the minor:

BIO 200Integrative Biology

4

BIO 230Natural History

3

BIO 315Microbial Ecology

4

BIO 405Ecology

4

BIO 440Evolution

3

BMS 201Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BMS 316Microbiology

4

CHEM 210Foundations of Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 211Foundations of Organic Chemistry Laboratory

1

CHEM 212Organic Synthesis

3

CHEM 213Organic Synthesis Laboratory

1

AST 209Stellar and Galactic Astronomy

4

AST 378Comparative Planetology

3

AST 478Planetary Image Analysis

3

Total Credit Hours: 18