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Physics - PC120 - Life in the Universe

Blocks 1 and 2: Mariana Lazarova


This two-block course meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement and the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Description: Interdisciplinary seminar on introductory astrobiology, covering topics at the interface of astronomy, chemistry, biology, geology, and planetary sciences in the context of studying the emergence of life on Earth and the possibilities of life in the universe.  Emphasizes individualized and group research and learning. Topics include cosmology, the evolution of galaxies and stars, the formation of solar systems, the origin and evolution of life on Earth, and the search for extrasolar planets and extraterrestrial life and intelligence.

A two-block course with one instructor; one grade will be given for the course as a whole.


  • No physics prerequisites required
  • Overnight stargazing field trip, location TBD