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PHYS 203


An examination of fundamental questions about the origin of the Universe, its evolution, and its ultimate fate. Topics include: what we learn about the universe by studying light, motion and gravity, galaxies and their distribution through space, atoms and nucleosynthesis, the fabric of space-time, the evidence for the Big Bang and the expansion of the Universe, and the current observational work being done to determine the fate of the Universe. This course emphasizes the process of science: how do astronomers and physicists use observation, data, and theory to put together a cohesive picture of the nature of our universe.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Science and Mathematics 1 course