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
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Semester Section Number Instructor(s) Day/Time Location Resources
2022 Fall 001 Travis Barman TTH 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Kuiper 308 Syllabus
2023 Spring 001 Travis Barman TTH 12:30-1:45p.m. Kuiper 308 Syllabus
2023 Fall 001 Tom Zega MW 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Kuiper 308