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BIO 128 - Introduction to Astrobiology, Experimental

Credits: 1
1 Lecture Hours

This course is designed for students who have an interest in the origin of life on earth and the possibility of finding life on planets, moons or exoplanets. Topics will examine our current understanding of what early earth looked like, possible explanations of where and how life arose on earth, how prebiotic chemistry may lead to biology and the search for life beyond planet earth.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Recognize the inter-relatedness of all life on earth.
  2. Identify the chemical principles and components that form the basis of life on earth.
  3. Define what life is.
  4. Describe the organization and evolution of life on earth.
  5. Explain the theories of how life may have arisen on earth.
  6. Describe what early earth may have been like.
  7. Describe the relationship of earth’s geological history and history of life on earth.
  8. Relate habitability of other planets to the possibility of life.
  9. Explain how exoplanets are discovered and how to search for extraterrestrial life.
Listed Topics
  1. Introduction
  2. What is Life
  3. How Did Earth and Its Biosphere Originate
  4. How Have Earth and Its Biosphere Evolved
  5. What Does Life on Earth Tell Us about Habitability
  6. What Is Known about Potentially Habitable Worlds beyond Earth
  7. What Are the Signs of Life That We Could Use to Look for Life beyond Earth
  8. What Relevance Does Astrobiology Have to the Future of Life on This Planet
Reference Materials
Required Materials: Textbook, Internet access, NetID from CCAC, CCAC Academic Email
Address (See Course Email Policy Below)
Recommended Text(s): None
Audio-Visual Materials: Various audio visual materials are present on the Blackboard
site for this course, including video clips, PowerPoint presentations and Internet links.

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