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Microbiology & Cell Science

Microbiology & Cell Science

MCB 5705 Astrobiology


Astrobiology examines the origin, evolution, and future of life in our solar system. Topics will include: planet and star formation, biosphere formation, evolutionary processes biogeochemistry, microbial adaptation to extreme environments, planetary habitability, and microbiology on the International Space Station.

Course Goals

By the end of this course graduate students should be able to:

  1. Develop an in-depth comprehension and mastery of the fundamental concepts and methodology of astrobiology;
  2. Deconstruct and analyze primary literature articles in the field of astrobiology to improve critical thinking and interpretation skills;
  3. Refine scientific communication skills through writing scientific critiques and abstracts of primary literature articles;
  4. Understand the fundamental elements of a grant proposal such as the objectives, problems addressed, methodology, evaluation, assessments, and budget;
  5. Develop the skills needed to prepare professional, competitive, compelling, and successful grant proposals.

Library Access

Distance Education and UF Online Students enjoy the same library privileges as on-campus students.

At A Glance

  • $535.00 per credit hour plus fees
Application Procedure
  1. Complete the Application Intent form
  2. Complete the Graduate Application
  3. Send your Transcripts