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Minor Astrobiology

To train graduate students in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology as a minor to their major area of concentration.

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Full-time Duration: 6 months
Starting in: TBA
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

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 fieldngineering principles.

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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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

Andrew Wojtanowski // MS 2016

Study Content

  • 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).

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