Graduate certificate in Astrobiology


Program Overview [link here]

The Georgia Tech Astrobiology Graduate Certificate Program is part of an initiative linking the Georgia Tech Schools of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, and Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

The purpose of the certificate program is to expand opportunities for students in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology, which combines astronomy, biology, geosciences, chemistry, and physics to understand the origin, evolution, and possible distribution of life in the universe.

Unique components of the GT certificate program include the mission design course, in which students will forge innovative links between astrobiology science and engineering, and the science communication project, in which students will gain skills in translating astrobiology findings to the greater community.

The 12-credit embedded certificate program is open to graduate students enrolled in any degree program at Georgia Tech. There are no prerequisites for entering the program. More on graduate certificate programs at Georgia Tech here.


  1. Student must complete the two required core courses, one cognate course, one special topics course, and one mission design course (see list below).

  2. All certificate coursework must be completed with a CPA of 3.0 or higher.


Required Core Courses (3 credit hours total)

Note: For certificate credit, both core courses (EAS 8001+EAS 8802) must be taken together in a spring semester (starting spring 2020).

EAS 8001: Planetary Science & Astrobiology Seminar (1 credit): Students will attend and participate in weekly seminars.

EAS 8802: Seminal Papers in Astrobiology (2 credits): This course will meet for two hours each week to discuss a different highly cited paper related to the weekly seminar topic and spanning astrobiology sub-disciplines. Students will also complete an astrobiology-related science communication project by adding hypotheses on Hypothesis Browser or the Life Detection Knowledge Base.

Full list of courses is available at :

If you have met the requirements to complete the Astrobiology Graduate Certificate, complete this form and email it to Prof. Jennifer Glass Please do not submit the form until you have completed all of the requirements for the certificate. Certificates will be awarded at the next ExplOrigins Astrobiology Symposium (annually during spring semester).

If you are interested in receiving more information about the certificate program, please contact Prof. Jennifer Glass at

Read more here about Hypothesis Browser Science Communication Projects in Spring 2020