2016 Astrobiology and Extraterrestrial Science Major Overview

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Dr. Timothy Wakefield:
We've also been working with NASA on a new major that we're calling Astrobiology and Extraterrestrial Science. We really feel like it's going to be putting our students really on the cutting edge as far as their preparedness for actually meeting and actually having interaction with extraterrestrial life.

Joel Aldrin:
So, I was studying biology, but ever since the incident at my uncle's farm, I've been passionate about communicating with other life forms, so this was the perfect mix for me. This new major opens up a whole new range of possible careers I could have.

Megan Picard:
The professors are great, it's really great to study with professors that are not only great teachers but they're also recognized in their field, like Dr. Wakefield recently received the Mulder & Scully Fellowship, which that was able to pay for the Spacewalk Simulation Lab.

Dr. Timothy Wakefield:
We actually have developed a Spacewalk Simulation Lab for our students. So that they're going to get the experience of actually in zero gravity, and actually have that zero gravity experience. It's actually a lot of fun to see the students when they walk in for the first time, makes me glad to be a teacher.

Megan Picard:
Another great opportunity that we have is the Spring Break study trip to Roswell and Area 51. We interview eyewitnesses, and we get to see the sites of actual real possible alien abductions.

Joel Aldrin:
So you spend the semester reading about these places. But to see the farmhouse, to see the field where there was once a crop circle, to see the fence that surrounds Area 51, it makes it real for you. It's awesome.

Dr. Timothy Wakefield:
We're also working with Johnson Space Center to develop a what's called the Mesospheric Galatic Communications Center. We think this is really going to help us because it's gonna make our communications with the extraterrestrial life a whole lot simpler.

Megan Picard:
You can also minor in Astro and Extraterres. I feel like the really minor fits well with a lot of different degrees. For instance, I'm a graphic design major, and I feel like the two really come together really well.

Dr. Timothy Wakefield:
Here at JBU, we've always wanted our students to be world changers. I mean, why should Earth be the only world that we get to impact?

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