What can you do with exobiology

Unusual courses: astrobiology

If you do not yet know exactly what you would like to study, but shy away from mass subjects such as business administration, law or teaching, here are some tips on which unusual courses are also available.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

If you do not yet know exactly what you want to study, but shy away from mass subjects such as business administration, law or teaching, here are some tips on which unusual courses there are also. You will not only find these so-called orchid subjects in Germany, you will also find what you are looking for at universities abroad: this time: astrobiology

Is there life in space?

Even in primeval times, people must have looked at the sky at night and wondered whether there was any other life out there besides saber-toothed tigers. Even the ancient Greeks argued that it seems unlikely that the universe contains only one inhabited planet. The question of life in space still arises and astrobiology deals with it scientifically.

Course content

Astrobiology is the science of life in the universe. Because in order to be able to find out whether there can be life outside of our planet or our solar system, one must first understand how life can arise at all. Different organisms have different life requirements and to understand these, knowledge of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology and some other sciences are combined.

Career prospects

After completing their studies, astrobiologists can then work alone or in teams, answering questions such as: How does life arise? How does life develop? What could life look like on another earth? How could one discover and observe an inhabitable or inhabited world?

Where to study

If you want to study astrobiology, you can do so in Heidelberg, but similar courses are also offered in other countries. Then there will be jobs, especially in research. But the knowledge and skills to work interdisciplinary and to analyze scientifically and to program can also be transferred to other areas of work.