Description: Course will survey the scientific topics that comprise the key elements of "Astrobiology." These include the philosophical foundations of astrobiology as a science, astronomical sources of life's chemical building blocks and habitable environments, extremophilic organisms, the history of life on earth, the role of asteroid/comet impacts and micro-meteoritic dust, feasibility of space travel, and the search for life in the solar system and beyond. Letter grade only.
Sections offered: Fall 2019 Spring 2020
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Liberal Studies Essential Skills: Scientific Inquiry