Catalogue 2012 - 2013

CHEM 159 Astrobiology


3 cr.


CHEM 101, BIO 101, PHYS 101, or permission of the instructor.

Course Description

The goal of this course is to introduce, to the non-science major, the main findings and ideas of astrobiology. Topics covered will include: the definition of living thing; the origin and early evolution of life on Earth; the conditions that make a planet habitable and the results of efforts to discover life elsewhere in the universe, as well as synthesize it or, Earth. An overriding theme in all of these topics will be the unity of all things, including human beings, in the universe.


This course fulfills the natural science perspective.