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Neanderthals and Other Successes

Ours is a planet of life. Evidence from fossils and molecules suggests that organisms have thrived on Earth for billions of years. However, less than one percent of the species that have ever existed on our planet are still alive today. What caused some species to succeed while others failed, and how did life on Earth begin in the first place? From the earliest bacteria to humans and their civilizations, this course addresses the origins, evolution, and extinction of life on earth based on evidence from chemistry, biology, geology, and related sciences.

Course Outcomes

  • Be able to intelligently discuss the scientific underpinnings of life from the perspective of modern science.
  • Understand the assumptions, purposes, strengths, and limitations of science and the importance of considering the biosphere from philosophical and religious perspective as well for a complete understanding of life.
  • Prepare you to share the gospel with science-minded investigators
  • Generate greater understanding and appreciation of science as a method for discovering truth (and its limits), and especially the origin, mechanics, and evolution of the biosphere.
  • Discover general scientific principles that govern the rise and demise of species, ecosystems, and, human civilizations
  • Develop greater ability to observe physical details in the world around us (learn to see), think creatively and critically (learn to interpret what we see), and formulate scientific questions (and testable hypotheses)
  • Develop a greater understanding of the events that must have taken place during the history of the earth to sustain humans and our civilizations.
  • Intelligently defend why you believe what you believe, and make informed decisions about science and society.
  • Build a lifelong sense of curiosity and desire to learn
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3.0 Credits






Fall, Winter, Spring