BS Earth and Space Exploration (Astrobiology and Biogeosciences)
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:
- Math Intensity: Substantial
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Change of Major Requirements
A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.
Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu/request for information about how to change a major to this program.
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.
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:
- Growth: 4.3%
- Median Salary*: $80,400
Environmental Sciences Professor
- Growth: 3.7%
- Median Salary*: $84,740
- Growth: 1.9%
- Median Salary*: $94,520
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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