PTYS 214

Astrobiology: A Planetary Perspective

We will explore questions about the origin, evolution, and future of life on Earth and the possibility of life arising independently elsewhere in the Universe. We will examine what it means for a planet to be habitable, both in terms of basic necessities for living organisms to function and environmental limits to their ability to survive. Finally, we will review different approaches for searching for life within the Solar System and beyond using direct and remote sensing techniques. PTYS 214 is a Tier II Natural Science course in the University general education curriculum. PTYS 214 is cross-listed with ASTR 214 and GEOS 214. Course is equivalent to ASTR 202 (students may not receive credit for both courses).

Course Level: Tier 2 NATS
Course Credits: 3
Course Type: Undergraduate

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2020 Fall 001 Joseph Spitale
2019 Spring 001 Joseph Spitale TTH 2:00-3:15p.m. Kuiper 308 Syllabus
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2019 Fall 001 Joseph Spitale
2018 Spring 001 Joseph Spitale TTH 2:00 - 3:15PM Kuiper 308 Syllabus
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2018 Fall 001 Ilaria Pascucci TTH 11:00-12:15p.m. Kuiper 308 Syllabus
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2017 Fall 001 Joseph Spitale TTH 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Kuiper 308 Syllabus
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