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Astrobiology, B.S.

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Major Code: 7191 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Admission Status: Undergraduate
Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The undergraduate space sciences program for the astrobiology major is designed for students interested in pursuing a broad range of space-related careers, either on completion of the bachelor’s degree program or after completing graduate studies. The emphasis in the curriculum for the astrobiology major is on achieving a broad yet rigorous education in the basic physical, mathematical and engineering sciences as a foundation for successful entry into any of the many subfields of modern space science activity.

This program is interdisciplinary and designed to meet the needs of students intending to pursue graduate education in astrobiology, astrophysics, planetary sciences or biology.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Astrobiology must complete the course requirements listed in the following sample curriculum. Because basic physics and introductory space sciences courses form a critically important foundation for all advanced coursework in the space sciences programs, the minimum grade for satisfying the prerequisite requirements for a space sciences major is a grade of C for each of the following courses:


Candidates for the degree must successfully complete the following curriculum.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Total Credits Required: 128

*Students should register for SPS 1020 Introduction to Space Sciences . If a student places into MTH 1002 Calculus 2  or MTH 1020 Honors Calculus 2 , the student is encouraged to take PHY 1001 Physics 1  in the first semester and SPS 1020 Introduction to Space Sciences  later in the program.

**Students may elect to substitute the eight credit hours from CHM 3001 Physical Chemistry 1 , CHM 3002 Physical Chemistry 2  and CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1  for PHY 3035 Quantum Mechanics  and PHY 3060 Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics .

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