ASTR 380, Life in the Universe, has been offered here every semester since the mid-seventies. One of four upper level, special topic classes for junior and senior non-science students, the enrollment in ASTR 380 always reached the maximum of 80 students per section. A few years ago, as a result of a change in University requirements, the enrollment dropped to 20-30 students per section. Taking advantage of this situation and keenly aware of student interest in examining certain aspects of the course content more closely, I decided to teach the course with an additional hour per week devoted to a discussion section. While ASTR 380 is the only one of the four upper level classes to have a discussion section, students have enthusiastically seized the opportunity to discuss specific areas of astrobiology.
Bioastronomy 2002: Life Among the Stars
- Pub Date:
- June 2004