PHY 291 - Planets, Moons and the Search for Alien Life
Three Credits Fall Semester
Earth and the solar system, the search for planets around other stars and a discussion about the probability of finding life on other planets or their moons. Topics include: birth of the solar system; early history of the Earth; emergence of life on our planet; mass life extinctions; space exploration of planets and moons in our solar system and search for extraterrestrial life; recent successful search for planets around other stars; possibility of discovering Earth-like planets around other stars in the near future. The course will include class activities, such as labs, and repeated visits to our astronomical observatory.
Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.