Graduate Embedded Certificate in Astrobiology

The Astrobiology Graduate Certificate Program is part of an initiative linking the schools of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Aerospace Engineering, and International Affairs. The purpose of the certificate program is to expand opportunities for students in the interdisciplinary field of ‘astrobiology’, and to forge innovative links between astrobiology research at Georgia Tech, mission technology, and science communication. The 12-credit certificate program is open to graduate students enrolled in any degree program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. There are no prerequisites for entering the certificate program.

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Program of Study
Required courses
EAS 8001Seminar (Planetary Science & Astrobiology)1
EAS/CHEM/BIOL 8802Special Topics (Seminal Papers in Astrobiology)2
Cognate course3
Orbital Mechanics
Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing
Rocket Propulsion
Electric Propulsion
Microbial Ecology
Population Dynamics
Molecular Biology of Microbes: Disease, Nature, and Biotechnology
Environmental Microbial Genomics
Macromolecular Structure
Biophysical Chemistry
Biogeochemical Cycles
Earth System Modeling
Environmental Geochemistry
Isotope Geochemistry
Mineral Surface Geochemistry
Physics of Planets
Earth and Planetary Materials
Land Remote Sensing
Special Topics3
Molecular Evolution
Microbial Symbiosis & Microbiomes
Special Topics (Origin of Complex Life:Cells to Societies)
Special Topics (Chemistry of the Origins & Early Evolution of Life)
Special Topics in Biochemistry (Structure, Function & Origins of Biological Macromolecules)
Special Topics in Organic Chemistry (Intro to Organic Mechanisms)
Simulation of Biological Systems
Special Topics (Ice-Ocean Moons and Planets)
Special Topics (Origin of Planetary Systems)
Special Topics (Earth System Evolution in a Planetary Context)
Seminar in Science, Technology and International Affairs II
Special Topics (Space Policy)
Special Topics (Space Security)
Special Topics (Radiative Processes)
Mission Design course3
Aerospace Systems Engineering
Reliable Control Software for Aerospace and Embedded Applications
Special Topics (Satellite Orbit Determination)
Special Topics (Small Satellite Design I/II)
Special Topics (Spacecraft Altitude Determination and Control)
Special Topics (Space Instrumentation for Life Detection)
Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (Instrument Design)
Space Physics and Space Instrumentation
Special Topics (Team X Spacecraft Design)
Special Topics (Planetary Spacecraft Design)
Total Credit Hours12
  • Students may submit documentation to use a course not listed above.
  • All courses must be completed with a 'B' grade or higher.