EARTH 142 - From Stars to Stones
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Those with credit for GEOSCI 114 or EARTH 114 may only elect EARTH 142 for 2 credits.
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
High school math and science. Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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In this first-year seminar, we will learn the birth and journey of the elements from stars to stones. The topics to be covered include: the making of the elements (which are needed for making Earth), life and evolution of stars, the origin of the solar system and Earth, exoplanets, and the present-day Earth. Some major developments and controversies in Earth and planetary sciences and astronomy will be used to help students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to show how scientists debate and solve problems. Quantitative reasoning will be an important part of the course. Hence, please review your high school math, physics and chemistry.

Although you will learn basic scientific concepts and theory, the main purpose of this course is not to systematically introduce a subject, but to use some topics to discuss science and scientific methods and to appreciate how science progresses and “how to build a habitable Earth”.

Course Requirements:

The midterm and final exams will be in the classroom.

Intended Audience:

First-year students with high-school math, physics and chemistry background


EARTH 142 - From Stars to Stones
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
6Enrollment Management
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
Note: First Year Seminar. Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only first-year undergraduates may register.

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