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Develop a literacy in astrobiology to learn to think critically and evaluate claims that address the fundamental question of if there is other life in the universe.

Astrobiology – Minor

The Astrobiology minor at Montana State is designed to educate students in a field that covers varied scientific disciplines contributing to the general understanding of life. It explores the origin, past history and future of life on Earth and the possible existence of life elsewhere in the universe.





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Comprehensive Knowledge
Courses for the astrobiology minor come from astronomy, chemistry, physics and philosophy, among other specialties.  

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Learn from Experts
Award-winning faculty teach Astrobiology courses and mentor students.

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Make an Immediate Impact
Students in the College of Agriculture often conduct research and produce publications even during their undergraduate careers.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Astrobiology students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • NASA
  • Lab researcher
  • Professor
  • Science journalist
  • Science policy making

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.




Sample Course Plan

For more details on what your full study plan could look like under this minor, consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.