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Bachelor of Science in Space Sciences–Astrobiology

The undergraduate space sciences program for the astrobiology major is designed for students interested in pursuing a broad range of spacerelated careers, either upon completion of the bachelor's degree program or after completing graduate studies. 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.

Because basic physics and introductory space sciences courses form a critically important foundation for all advanced coursework in the space sciences program, the minimum grade for satisfying the prerequisite requirements for a space sciences major is a grade of C for each of the following courses: PHY 1001, PHY 2002, PHY 2003, PHY 2091, PHY 2092, SPS 1010, SPS 1020.

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

Freshman Year

FALL CREDITS
ASC 1000 University Experience 1
CHM 1101 Chemistry 1 4
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MTH 1001 Calculus 1* 4
PHY 1050 Physics and Space Science Seminar 1
SPS 1020 Introduction to Space Sciences* 3
   16

  

SPRING CREDITS
CHM 1102 Chemistry 2 4
MTH 1002 Calculus 2 4
PHY 1001 Physics 1 4
PHY 2091 Physics Lab 1 1
SPS 1010 Introduction to Astronomy 3
   16

Sophomore Year

FALL CREDITS
BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1 4
COM 1102 Writing About Literature 3
MTH 2001 Calculus 3 4
PHY 2002 Physics 2 4
PHY 2092 Physics Lab 2 1
   16

  

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2 4
COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication 3
MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra 4
PHY 2003 Modern Physics 3
   Restricted Elective (CSE 15xx) 3
   17

Junior Year

FALL CREDITS
CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1 3
HUM 2051 Civilization 1 3
PHY 3011 Physical Mechanics 4
PHY 3060 Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics** 4
   Humanities Elective 3
   17

  

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 2010 Microbiology 4
CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2 3
PHY 3035 Quantum Mechanics** 4
PHY 3440 Electromagnetic Theory 3
SPS 4039 Astrobiology 3
   17

Senior Year

FALL CREDITS
BIO 2110 General Genetics 4
BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1 4
SPS 4010 Astrophysics 1 3
SPS 4200 Senior Seminar 1 (Q) 1
   Humanities Core Course 3
   15

  

SPRING CREDITS
BIO 4101 Molecular Biology 3
BIO 4110 Biochemistry 2 4
SPS 4030 Physics of the Atmosphere or BIO 3701 Evolution 3
SPS 4035 Comparative Planetology 3
SPS 4210 Senior Seminar 2 (Q) 1
   Social Science Elective 3
   17

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 131

*Students will be block registered into Introduction to Space Sciences (SPS 1020). If a student places into Calculus 2 (MTH 1002), the student is encouraged to take Physics 1 (PHY 1001) in the first semester and SPS 1020 later in the program.

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

Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern  
HUM 2142   World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial  
HUM 2212   British and American Literature 1  
HUM 2213   British and American Literature 2  
HUM 2331   American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era  
HUM 2332   American History: From Reconstruction to the Present

Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.