ASTR 4 Life in the Universe (3)
Credit, Degree Applicable
The origin and evolution of life on Earth and the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe. Applying the disciplines of astronomy, biology, and planetary science, students study the chemical and biological basis for life, limits of life on Earth, and techniques used to search for life beyond Earth.
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Outcome 1: Use basic terminology of introductory astrobiology including microbes, cellular, evolution, and habitability properly.
- Outcome 2: Assess the role of the stellar evolution process as the mechanism for the creation of the elements necessary for life.
- Outcome 3: Describe how the orbital and physical characteristics of the Solar System objects affect their potential for life.
- Outcome 4: Summarize the contributions of biospheric development to the origins of life.
- Outcome 5: Analyze, and classify the major components and adaptation of microbial cells and their functions.
- Outcome 6: Critically examine how microbes persist, interact and survive within changing and sometimes extreme environments.
- Outcome 7: Compare and contrast the major techniques used and results to date in the search for life of fthe Earth.
- Outcome 8: Synthesize evidence that supports the Tree of Life model as the mechanism for how life on Earth originated from a common ancestor.