BS Earth and Space Exploration (Astrobiology and Biogeosciences)

As an earth and space exploration major, you study our planet, our solar system and our universe. In the astrobiology and biogeosciences concentration, you explore the chemistry and geology of life on earth, exploring life in extreme environments, making astronomical observations and developing tools to study the habitability of other planets.

Program Description

Astrobiology studies the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. Biogeoscience focuses on the interaction of biological, geological and chemical processes on Earth in the present, past and future. These topics are closely related because the concepts of biogeoscience inform the study of planetary habitability and the search for habitable worlds.

Therefore, the astrobiology and biogeoscience concentration in the BS program in earth and space exploration is designed to offer students a strong foundation for exploring the interaction of geological and biological processes and understanding how such interactions sustain life on Earth and how they might operate on other planets. Those with this necessary scientific background contribute to the search for life on other planets, explore the life of extreme environments here on Earth and better understand how life on Earth responds to past, current and future global changes.

Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in earth and space exploration (astrobiology and biogesciences) may not pursue a concurrent degree with the BS in earth and space exploration, the BS in earth and space exploration (astrophysics), the BA in earth and environmental studies, the BS in earth and space exploration (exploration systems design), or the BS in earth and space exploration (geological sciences) due to the high level of overlap in curriculum. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 265 - Calculus for Engineers I
  • Math Intensity: Substantial program math intensity substantial

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Transfer Options

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Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

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Career Outlook

Graduates of the astrobiology and biogeosciences program are well prepared for graduate studies in these fields. Because astrobiology is increasingly the motivation for space science exploration missions, they are also well suited for entry-level careers in space science research. The degree program also provides broad training across a range of sciences, giving students a strong background for careers in biomedical, environmental or sustainability areas.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Chemistry Professor

  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: $80,400

Climate Change Analyst

  • Growth: 7.8%
  • Median Salary*: $73,230
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Growth: 7.8%
  • Median Salary*: $73,230
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Environmental Restoration Planner

  • Growth: 7.8%
  • Median Salary*: $73,230
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Environmental Sciences Professor

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: $84,740


  • Growth: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: $93,580
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Geology Professor

  • Growth: 1.9%
  • Median Salary*: $94,520

Health Sciences Manager

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $137,940
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $137,940
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Industrial Ecologist

  • Growth: 7.8%
  • Median Salary*: $73,230
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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