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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 304 - Astrobiology: Origins and Search for Life in the Universe


Description:
This is an online interdisciplinary course focusing on life’s origins and the potential for life in our solar system and beyond.  It will be taught at a level suitable for non-science and non-math majors. Course will not have an established scheduling pattern.

Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop a personal definition of life.
  • Describe why Earth is habitable for advanced life.
  • Describe the history of life on Earth and the scientific evidence that supports that history.
  • Understand current research of astrobiologist.
  • Describe how the study of extreme life on Earth has broadened our understanding of what habitability means.
  • Describe how past, current, and future space missions contribute to our understanding of habitable zones on our solar system and beyond.
  • Formulate theories on how humanity would react to the discovery or contact with extraterrestrial life based on past historical events and popular fiction.
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
12/21/17



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