EOSC 310 · The Earth and the Solar System
In this course, we will explore the history of our universe and what allowed Earth to host intelligent life. Through this course, I would like you to be able to do two things:
I. Tell the story of how our planet formed and how we came to inhabit it. There are some parts of the story that we know well - the Big Bang, evolution, and plate tectonics - and there are other parts that we don't fully understand - the origin of life, the origin of the atmosphere, and the relative timing of ice ages throughout Earth's history.
II. Understand where we as humans fit into the story of planetary evolution. Specifically, how we have impacted our planet and how our impact compares with events from the past. I'd like you to appreciate how we can be more than consumers of Earth's resources and how we can alter the way with which we interact with our planet. Also, I would like you to know what it means for intelligent life to exist elsewhere in the galaxy?
- Only for credit for non-science majors (Not for credit in the Faculties of Science and Applied Science)
- Must have at least second-year standing
- Cannot have taken EOSC 110