My Astrobiology course was approved by the Provost, so next spring I will be able to offer MSL294 Astrobiology: Planets, Oceans, and Life at the University of Alaska Fairbanks!!
From the syllabus–
Astrobiology is the study of the origins, evolution, and future of life on Earth and elsewhere in the Universe. From humble beginnings as self-replicating chemical systems in primordial oceans to advanced civilizations capable of interplanetary flight, life has survived and thrived on Earth for billions of years. But are we alone? The goal of this course is to discover what scientists have learned about life in the universe while working to answer that question.
MSL 294, Astrobiology, 3+0 credits
Prerequisites: ENGL 111X and one of the following: BIOL 103X, CHEM 103X, GEOS 101X, PHYS 102X.
Study of life in the universe from a transdisciplinary perspective, bringing together insights from physics, astronomy, geology, chemistry, and biology. Topics include the evolution of the universe, planets, oceans and life. Past and present oceans found in the Solar System provide case studies from which to examine the potential for life on and off the Earth. Societal questions related to the origins of life, global climate change, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life will be discussed
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