PTYS/ASTR/GEOS 214 Life in the Cosmos

This course explores key questions in astrobiology and planetary science about the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the possibility that such phenomena have arisen elsewhere in the Universe. We examine what it means for a planet to be alive at scales ranging from cellular processes up to global impacts of biological activity. We survey international space-exploration activities to search for life within the Solar System, throughout our Galaxy, and beyond.

Course Level
GenEd: Building Connections,
GenEd: Quantitative Reasoning,
GenEd: World Cultures & Societies,
PTYS Minor Elective
Course Level Other
Tier 2 NATS
Course Credits
Course Type
Semester Section Number Instructor(s) Day/Time Location Resources
Fall 2023 1 Dante Lauretta Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45a.m. Kuiper 308 Syllabus
Spring 2024 1 Tyler Robinson Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45a.m. Kuiper 308 Syllabus
Fall 2024 001 Veronica Bray Tuesday, Thursday 11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Kuiper 308 D2L