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Astrobiology studies the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. Biogeoscience focuses on the interaction of biological and geological processes on Earth at present and in the geologic past. 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 earth and space exploration is designed to offer students a strong foundation for exploring the interaction of geological and biological processes, how such interactions sustain life on Earth, and how they might operate on other planets. This scientific background is needed to contribute to the search for life on other planets as well as the exploration of extreme environments here on Earth. It also provides training in the interplay of forces that impact global change.
Earth and Space Exploration (Astrobiology and Biogeosciences) (BS)
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Students in the astrobiology and biogeosciences program will be well-prepared for graduate studies in this field. Because astrobiology is increasingly the motivation for NASA exploration missions, they will also be well-suited for entry-level careers at NASA research centers. The degree program also provides broad training across a range of science fields, giving students a strong background for careers in biomedical, environmental or sustainability areas.