Montana State University

Astrobiology Minor

The Astrobiology Minor is designed to educate students in this interdisciplinary field covering the varied scientific disciplines that contribute to our general understanding of life, the origin of life, the past history of life on Earth, possible futures for life on Earth, and the possible existence of life on other planetary environments.

The principal goal of the minor is to develop students' literacy in astrobiology so they can critically evaluate claims related to this field that they encounter well after their college education has ended.

Required Courses (22 cr.) Credits
ASTR 110IN--Intro to Astronomy: Mysteries of the Sky
      or ASTR 371--Solar System Astronomy
      or ASTR 373--Stars, Galaxies, and Universe
3 or 4
BIOB 170IN--Principles of Biological Diversity
      or BIOB 258--Intro Biology: Organism to Populations
CHMY 102CS--Applying Chemistry to Society
      or CHMY 121IN--Intro to General Chemistry
      or CHMY 141--College Chemistry I
3 or 4
CHMY 350--Astrobiology 3
ERTH 101IN--Earth System Science 4
GEO 211--Earth History and Evolution 3
PHL 278CS--Origins of Life 3
BIOL 3xx, CHMY 3xx, or, PHYS 3XX 4
Elective Courses (6 cr.)
ASTR 371 --Solar System Astronomy
ASTR 373 --Stars, Galaxies & the Universe
BCH 380--Biochemistry
BCH 441--Biochemistry of Macromolecules
BCH 442--Metabolic Regulation
BIOB 256--Introductory Biology:Cells to Organisms
BIOB 260--Cellular & Molecular Biology
BIOB 375--General Genetics
BIOB 420--Evolution
BIOE 370--General Ecology
BIOM 360 --General Microbiology
ERTH 505 --Geomicrobiology
HSTR 207CS --Science & Technology in World History
HSTR 282CS --Darwinian Revolution
HSTR 417 --Sci Tech Soc 1500-1800
HSTR 419 --Modern Science
PHL 242CS --Science, Psuedo-Science & Subjectivity
PHL 345 --Philosophy of Science
RLST 402 --Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural

Note: At least one elective course must be at the 300 level or higher.

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