Astrobiology Undergraduate Minor

Astrobiology Undergraduate Minor

Study the origins, distribution, and evolution of life.


Astrobiology Minor

The University of Arizona offers one of the few astrobiology minor programs in the United States. Undergraduate students come from a wide array of major departments including Astronomy, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geosciences, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and many more.

For more information, please contact Amy Brenton or Professor Laird Close.

Amy Brenton
Kuiper Space Sciences 321
Professor Laird Close
Steward Observatory N420

Minor Program Requirements

The Astrobiology minor consists of 18 units:

  • 9 units of core courses
  • 9 units of elective courses
  • All elective courses subject to final faculty approval
  • A 3.0 GPA in minor courses is required.

Students are also required to meet with one of the Astrobiology minor faculty advisors before declaring the minor.

Core Courses

Elective Courses

Astrobiology undergrad minor approval sheet (PDF)

Get Involved

If you want to expand your universe and get paid for it, too, then UArizona NASA Space Grant is for you!

Get involved with the Arizona astrobiology community and learn about the Arizona Astrobiology Center.

ASTEROIDS Laboratory provides hands-on experience with the process of inquiry and discovery. Research and education focus on utilizing planetary science principles for conceiving, implementing and validating space technologies, from systems design and control solutions, to robots and sensor networks, to mobility and excavation on small bodies.

Looking for research opportunities?

Interested in being a preceptor and in engaging in activities that bolster skills in presentation, communication, public speaking, and teamwork? Consider the Teaching Teams Program.

Want to meet other students interested in space exploration and professional development? Join UArizona SEDS!