Science Seminar in Astronomy and Cosmologies


Spring 2015 quarter

Taught by

physics, math, astrophysics

How have humans understood the universe and our place in it, from ancient to modern times? Our readings will explore questions like this, from the perspective of several cultures.

In conjunction with the program Astronomy and Cosmologies, a limited number of students are invited to join our seminar to discuss the idea of cosmologies. We will study creation stories and worldviews, from those of ancient peoples to modern astrophysicists. We will all read the same seminar texts. Science Seminar students will read the same seminar texts as Astronomy and Cosmologies, but will do half the work—no math, half the class meetings, and a little more writing.

Students will work in teams to prepare for each seminar. Teams will post pre-seminar assignments online, and individuals will post essays (and responses to peers' essays) online. We will have two seminars per week. Our class meetings will be in person, and the online work will contribute importantly to our community-based learning.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

conceptual astronomy and cosmology, history and philosophy of science

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: In addition to normal class times, the class will meet Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6-10 pm.


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

May be offered again in



Date Revision
March 5th, 2015 This program will accept enrollment without signature.
June 26th, 2014 New opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 15


Course Reference Number

Fr - Sr (8 credits): 30313

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