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Minor in Astrobiology

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Requirements for the Minor in Astrobiology

Astrobiology Minor Course Requirements

Student selecting this minor must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas: 

  • Calculus I. Satisfied by: MATH 121 (preferred) or MATH 115
  • Foundations of Chemistry I. Satisfied by: CHEM 184.
  • Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Satisfied by: BIOL 150.
  • Geology. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology (3)

GEOL 105 History of the Earth (3) 

GEOL 121 Prehistoric Life: DNA to Dinosaurs (3)

  • Physical Astronomy, Honors. Satisfied by: ASTR 391.
  • Astrobiology Core. Satisfied by: ASTR 394 or ASTR 503
  • Astrobiology Required Electives. Student selecting this minor must complete 6 credit hours of course work in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, or physics at the 300-level or higher and not in the student's major field.

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of major courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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