1 unit(s) An introduction to the possibility of life beyond Earth is presented from an astronomical point of view. The course reviews stellar and planetary formation and evolution, star properties and planetary atmospheres necessary for a habitable world, possibilities for other life in our Solar system, detection of extrasolar planets, the SETI project, and the Drake equation. Debra Elmegreen.
Prerequisite(s): high school Physics and Calculus.
Open only to freshmen; satisfies the college requirement for a Freshman Writing Seminar.