Feb 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

AST 1050 - Astrobiology: Exploring Life in the Universe (3)


When Offered: Spring
GEN ED: Liberal Studies Experience
This course will introduce students to the field of astrobiology – the scientific search for life in the Universe. This interdisciplinary course will include aspects of the fields of astronomy, biology, physics, geology and chemistry, as well as history and social interest in the human condition. Topics will include (although not be limited to) the origin of life in the Universe; the evolution of life on Earth; current science missions on searching for life; the search for extraterrestrial intelligence; and human exploration beyond our planet. All topics will stem from a scientific basis, integrating relevant historical and contemporary social and cultural issues. Lectures will be a mix of slides and video, discussion, and student-led presentation of astrobiology in the news.
Prerequisite: Demonstrated readiness for college-level math .
Credit for AST 1001  or AST 1002  recommended but not required.