PTYS/ASTR 170A1

Planet Earth: Evolution of the Habitable World

This course develops a planetary perspective on the evolutionary processes that shaped Earth throughout history. We will examine why Earth is habitable, that is, why any kind of life can live on it, we will discuss the unique influences that biological processes and atmosphere/ocean systems have on each other, and we will review current notions of climate change, including evidence for the influence of human activities on it. This interdisciplinary treatment of Earth and its sister planets will encourage students to think about how science and engineering must be applied to today's challenges if humankind is to have a promising future on (and off) this planet. PTYS 170A1 is a Tier I Natural Science course in the University's general education curriculum. This course is co-convened (cross-listed) with ASTR 170A1.

Course Level Other: 
Tier I NATS
Course Credits: 
3
Course Type: 
Undergraduate

Semester Section Number Instructor(s) Day/Time Location Resources
2022 Spring 001 Mark S. Marley TTH 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Kuiper 308
2021 Spring 001 Steve Kortenkamp MW 12:30-1:45p.m. Flandrau Theater Syllabus