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How to Build a Habitable Planet

We live on the only inhabited planet we’ve discovered so far. Through modern science, we have learned much about what makes a planet habitable and how one might be created. It was not a trivial undertaking! This course explores (a) the origin of the atoms from which planets and life are made; (b) the origin and structure of the universe, galaxies, stars, our solar system, and Earth; (c) the origin and function of Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and continents; and (d) how has Earth maintained habitability through time. In addition, the course will strengthen our ability to form and defend interpretations based on observations.

Course Outcomes

  • Articulate the relationship between observation and interpretation; form and defend interpretations based on observations.
  • Describe their understanding and appreciation of the strengths and limitations of science as a method for discovering truth.
  • Express the relationship between discovered and revealed truth; apply both sources of truth to address questions that lie at the science-religion interface.
  • Explain the principles that govern the formation, development, and maintenance of habitable worlds.
  • Demonstrate a sense of curiosity and awe about the Creation
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3.0 Credits


FDSCI 101 and (FDMAT 108 or FDMAT 112 or ECON 215)




Fall, Winter, Spring