Bozeman, MT
Jul 23-Jul 27, 2012
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $676.70
Instructor(s): John Peters

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Course Description

Please note: This course is also offered as biology credit. Choose either BIOL credit or CHMY credit on the registration form when you go to register. You can only take it for one or the other, not both.

This 2-credit course is designed for teachers participating in the Master’s of Science in Science Education (MSSE program) at Montana State University. This course, sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center at MSU, will investigate how studying the extremes of life will aid in a better understanding of early earth conditions and how scientists use this information to look for signs of life on other planets. The course will begin with a survey of astrobiology and then concentrate on three extreme environments with content lectures and hands on activities. Environments include extremely high and low temperature environments as well as high salt and high pressure deep sea vent and deep subsurface environments. Class discussions and activities will be focused on linking the properties of chemical gradients to biotic chemistry. There will be a one day field trip to Yellowstone National Park. Special guest scientists will join the class throughout the week. This course may be taken as biology credits or chemistry credits

Physical Fitness Requirement and Weather:
The field trip will require walking distances of up to 2 miles with moderate slopes and will involve being in the field for the whole day. Weather may vary, plan for rain and snow!

Meeting Place and Times

Class: MTRF 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Plant Biosciences Building, Room 108
Field Trip: Wednesday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


John Peters, PhD.


Graduate standing; science educator.

Target Audience

Teachers enrolled in Montana State University's Master of Science in Science Education program; teachers desiring graduate credit in Chemistry for professional development purposes.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $137.00
 Computer Fee$6.70
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Life Everywhere
    ISBN 13: 9780465015641
    ISBN 10: 0-465-015646

You can order the text through the Montana State University Bookstore at 1-888-247-2546. Ask to speak with the Textbook Department. It will expedite your order if you tell the sales representative:

  • the course number (CHMY 591)
  • the title of the text
  • that the course is offered online through Extended University

  • The text may also be available from other sources.

    For More Information

    contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

    How to Register

    Register Online