ASTRO 115 - Introductory Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Universe
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.

Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/2
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 101.
Waitlist Capacity:
25
Advisory Prerequisites:
Basic high school math and science background.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course covers one of the most exciting areas of modern astronomy: understanding our own origins and the search for life elsewhere. First, we survey our understanding of life's origin on the Earth. Second, we apply this knowledge by exploring our own solar system and asking what planets or moons could potentially harbor life. Third, we move beyond our star system to outline the search for other planets in the Galaxy, speculate on the existence of life in the Universe, and consider the possibility of star travel sometime in the future.

Course Requirements:

For assessment there will be three components all using CANVAS. (1) Weekly canvas Quizzes related to course readings. (2) 10 Homeworks to be submitted online and graded with either SpeedGrader or Gradescope. (3) 2 exams which will asynchronous with an established duration. Exams will include a series of short answer and essay questions. Students will scan and upload to CANVAS.

Class Format:

This course will be taught in Hybrid mode. 50% of class allowed to be present each lecture such that every student could attend a lecture each week (assuming a typical week has 2 lectures every Tu/Th). The weekly lectures for this course will be recorded such that those not present will be able to access the lecture asynchronously. This course will use Canvas for all asynchronous online components. Synchronous zoom meetings (2x a week) will be held by instructor to connect with students and discuss topics. This course welcomes entirely online participation. While there will be optional in-person components, no part of this course requires you to be on campus or present in-person.

Schedule

ASTRO 115 - Introductory Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Universe
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
  Hybrid
21543
Open
9
 
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: This course will be taught in Hybrid mode. 50% of class will be allowed at each lecture such that every student could attend one lecture each week (lectures are Tu/Th each week). The weekly lectures for this course will be recorded such that those not present will be able to access the lecture asynchronously. This course welcomes entirely online participation. While there will be optional in-person components, no part of this course requires you to be on campus or present in-person.
002 (LEC)
 Online
39034
Open
9
 
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: * THIS SECTION (002) IS FOR 100% ONLINE STUDENTS * This course will be taught in Hybrid mode. 50% of class will be allowed at each lecture such that every student could attend one lecture each week (lectures are Tu/Th each week). The weekly lectures for this course will be recorded such that those not present will be able to access the lecture asynchronously. This course welcomes entirely online participation. While there will be optional in-person components, no part of this course requires you to be on campus or present in-person.

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for ASTRO 115.001

View/Buy Textbooks

Syllabi

Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for ASTRO 115 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)