The University of Arizona

Astrobiology Elective Courses

Students must choose 9 units of elective coursework from the list below to complete the Astrobiology minor.  

Astronomy 300A (Astronomy & Astrophysics): 
Biochemistry 462A (Biochemistry): 
Biochemistry 462B (Biochemistry):
Chemistry 400B (Chemical Measurements Laboratory):
Chemistry 480A (Physical Chemistry I):
Chemistry 480B (Physical Chemistry II):
Chemistry 481 (Biophysical Chemistry):
Cellular & Molecular Medicine/Ecology/Mollecular & Cellular Biology 479 (Art of Scientific Discovery): 
Ecology 380 (Math Models in Biology):
Ecology 408L (Genes, Biotechnology and the Environment):
Ecology 426 (Population Genetics):
Ecology 453 (Functional & Evolutionary Genomics):
Ecology 496N (Non-Linear Dynamics of Biological Systems):
Environmental Sciences/Microbiology 425 (Environmental Microbiology):
Geography/Ecology/Geosciences 438 (Biogeography):
Geosciences 302 (Principles of Stratigraphy & Sedimentation):
Geosciences 426A (Research Methods in Aquatic Sciences):
Geosciences 430 (The Chemical Evolution of Earth):
Geosciences 466 (Stable Isotope Geochemistry & Paleoclimate):
Geosciences 478 (Global Change):
Geosciences 497K (Dendroecology):
Molecular & Cellular Biology 396I (Career Exploration & Professional Development):
Molecular & Cellular Biology 414 (Science & Theology):
Philsophy/Ecology 421 (Philosphy of the Biological Sciences):
Planetary Sciences/Geosciences/Astronomy/Physics 403 (Physics of the Solar System): Survey of planetary physics, planetary motions, planetary interiors, geophysics, planetary atmospheres, asteroids, comets, origin of the solar system. 
Planetary Sciences 407 (Chemistry of the Solar System): Abundance, origin, distribution, and chemical behavior of the chemical elements in the Solar System. Emphasis on applications of chemical equilibrium, photochemistry, and mineral phase equilibrium theory. 
Planetary Sciences/Astronomy/Geosciences 442 (Mars): In-depth class about the planet Mars, including origin and evolution, geophysics, geology, atmospheric science, climate change, the search for life, and the history and future of Mars exploration. There will be guest lectures from professors and research scientists with expertise about aspects of Mars. The course may include visits to Mars exploration centers at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. There will be lots of discussion of recent results and scientific controversies about Mars. All students are expected to have a knowledge of basic calculus.