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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2022-23

EARS 19 Habitable Planets

Is the Earth unique, or are there other planets in the universe which can support life?  This question has been pondered for thousands of years, and humanity is now on the cusp  of being able to answer this question.  This course will examine the question of planetary habitability, focusing on the processes which made the Earth habitable, and the likelihood of finding other habitable planets in the universe.  Topics to be covered include the creation of the elements, the formation of structure in the universe, planetary system formation, the habitability of Earth and other bodies in the solar system, the future habitability of Earth, and the prospects of finding habitable planets around other stars. 



Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 019

Degree Requirement Attributes


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