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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PHYS 434 - Astrophysics and the Origins of Life

Credit(s): 3
Component: Lecture
Develops fundamental concepts of astronomy, physics, chemistry, and biology in order to identify conditions that may have helped life to originate in the young Earth, and to determine other environments in which those conditions might have occurred in the course of planetary evolution. Attention paid to (1) current cosmology, (2) generation of chemical elements necessary for life, (3) basics of chemistry prior to appearance of life, (4) steps in molecular evolution which could have led to cellular life, and (5) identification of most extreme conditions in which life known to exist, with a survey of where these conditions may arise in solar system and beyond.
Repeatable for Credit: N Allowed Units: 3 Multiple Term Enrollment: N Grading Basis: Student Option
PREREQ: PHYS 207 /PHYS 227  and PHYS 208 /PHYS 228  or PHYS 201 /PHYS 221  and PHYS 202 /PHYS 222 .  
Course Typically Offered: Spring
General Education Objectives:
GE5A: Reason Quantitatively GE5C: Reason Scientifically