Courses Offered

PHYSICS 1510 LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
Beginning with a history of the evolving scientific thought on Earth’s place in the universe, students will learn the fundamental physics and biology concepts necessary to assess what makes a planet and solar system suitable for life. Topics will include current research missions within our solar system, the search for extrasolar planets, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and the social implications of discovering life elsewhere. This course is intended for non-science students but science students are welcome to enroll also.
Three credit-hour lecture

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PHYSICS 2920 STARS, GALAXIES, AND THE UNIVERSE
This course is an introduction to the study of astronomical objects and phenomena. Topics of study include observation of Earth’s sky, gravity, light, and its use in astronomical instruments; properties and energy production of our Sun; methods of measuring astronomical distances; the structure, energy, and evolution of stars; interstellar matter and the structure of the Milky Way galaxy; other galaxies; cosmology; and some other related topics of interest.
Note: Credit will not be allowed for Physics 2920 if a student has already received credit for Physics 251 or 252.
PREREQUISITES:  A first-year physics course or permission of the instructor.
Three-credit hour lecture; three-credit hour laboratory or field observations.

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