Astrobiology, Minor

Program Description

Designed for majors in Biology, Biomolecular Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics.
18 credits in Astronomy, Biology, Biomolecular Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics. Core requirements are AST 208, BIO 121 or BMS 102/103, and capstone course AST 470. The remaining 7 credits will be selected from the following: BIO 200, 230, 315, 405, 440, BMS 201, 316, CHEM 210, 211, 212, 213, AST 209, 378 or 478, or other electives after consultation with an advisor in the minor. In addition, the student must take CHEM 161/162, and 200/201 or 260/201.

Program Curriculum

Requirements: (18 credits)

Capstone: GSCI 470 Exoplanets 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 required by majors listed above.)

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

Total Credit Hours: 18

Faculty

Marsha Bednarski
Professor of Science Education
NGSS, Professional Development
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 532
860-832-2943
Linda DuPont
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 506
Gail Emilsson
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 506
Mark Evans
Professor
Structural Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 50601
860-832-2936
Gary Gomby
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 506
860-832-2930
Carol Ivers
Planetarium Director
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 214
860-832-2950
Catherine Koehler
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 506
Kristine Larsen
Astrophysics, History of Astronomy, Women in Science, Science & Society, Public Outreach
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 606
860-832-2938
Oluyinka Oyewumi
Associate Professor
Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology, Geochemistry, Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 529
860-832-2932
Jennifer Pagach
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 529
Jennifer Pagach
Professor
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 529
860-832-2930
Jennifer Piatek
Geological Sciences
Geology of Mars, Remote Sensing, Light Scattering from Planetary Regoliths, Infrared Spectroscopy
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 223
860-832-2935
Patrick Reynolds
Assistant Professor
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 506
860-832-2930
Richard Roy
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 506
860-832-2930
Dianna Roy
Geological Sciences
Troy Schinkel
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 506
860-832-2930
Gregory Simones
Geological Sciences
Jeffrey Thomas
Professor
Secondary Science Education & Literacy of Science
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 506
860-832-2934
Alexadrina Tzanova
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 506
860-832-2930
Sarah VanderMeer
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 506
860-832-2930
Allison Weinsteiger
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 506
860-832-2930
Michael Wizevich
Professor
Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Geomorphology, Paleoclimatology, National Parks & Ichnology
Geological Sciences
Copernicus Hall 522
860-832-3188