PTYS/ASTR 170B2 Universe and Humanity: Exploring Our Place in Space

This course places the Earth and humanity in a broad cosmic context and seeks to answer fundamental questions about our surroundings. Where are we and where do we come from? What is matter made of and what processes created it? What are different types of stars like and where does our Sun fit in? What is the role of stars in shaping the cosmos and the planets orbiting them? How did the Sun, the Earth, and the other planets in the solar system form? What are the planets in the solar system like and are there other planetary systems like ours? In addition to exploring these questions, this course will help students to understand how we have arrived at our current view of the universe, with a focus on the scientific method and the history of astronomy.

Course Level
GenEd: Exploring Perspectives - Natural Scientist,
GenEd: Quantitative Reasoning,
GenEd: Writing
Course Level Other
Tier 1 NATS
Course Credits
Course Type
Semester Section Number Instructor(s) Day/Time Location Resources
Fall 2023 1 Tom Zega Monday, Wednesday 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Kuiper 308 Syllabus
Spring 2024 1 Travis Barman Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:45p.m. Kuiper 308 Syllabus
Fall 2024 001 Pierre Haenecour Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45a.m. Kuiper 308 D2L