Admission Requirements


The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life

The Program in Planets and Life is open to all A.B. and B.S.E. students. To receive a certificate, the student is expected to satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Taking the course ‘Life in the Universe’ AST/CHM/EEB/GEO 255 (note: this course is preferred but only offered every other year; in circumstances where you cannot take AST255, the alternate course AST205 can replace this requirement);
  2. Taking an additional four cognate courses, only two of which can be in the student's department of concentration or can be required courses of a student’s major (though exceptions can be considered on a case-by-case basis);
  3. Participating in a Planets and Life Undergraduate Colloquium;
  4. Conducting independent work in the junior and senior years that involves topics relevant to the certificate program.


Habitable Zone
The Habitable Zone Around Stars