AST/CHM/EEB/GEO 255 Life in the Universe Fall QR
This course introduces students to Astrobiology, a new field where scientists trained in biology, chemistry, astronomy, and geology combine their skills to unravel life's origins and to search forextraterrestrial life. The course is taught jointly by faculty from the Astrophysics, Chemistry, Ecologyand Evolutionary Biology, and Geoscience Departments. Topics include: the astrophysical equisites for life, the RNA world, the evolution of photosynthesis, microbes in extreme environments, the search for life within our solar system and in nearby solar systems. Two 90-minute lectures. Prerequisite: one geology, chemistry, biology, physics, or astronomy class and instructors’ permission. This course will qualify for departmental credit if the student submits a 25-page term paper on astrobiology with the emphasis in that department’s discipline.