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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


ASTRO 1199 Are We Alone in the Universe?

Course description

(summer only) This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

This course surveys the possibilities for life in the universe and the search for it, against the backdrop of our modern understanding of the cosmos.  It covers ideas about the origin of the universe and how structure arises, the formation of stars and planets, how life might have begun on planets, the evolution of life on the Earth, and the search for life elsewhere in the solar system and beyond.


High school physics and biology


ASTRO 1199 001-LEC On-campus 6-week session

Session:6-week session
Class dates:June 24-August 6, 2019
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:M-F 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Space Science Building 301
Max. enroll:15
Restrictions:Want at least 6 students enrolled
Notes:Recommended textbooks, but not required:Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe by Ward, Peter D., Brownlee, Donald. An Introduction to Astrobiology 3rd Edition by David A. Rothery (Editor), Iain Gilmour (Editor), Mark A. Sephton (Editor)
To enroll:Enroll online or submit a paper enrollment form. Enroll now.

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