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Uncommon Class: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

What I thought this class was about

It’s my last year at UChicago, so I am looking back on some of my favorite classes I have taken over the last four years! This fall, I finally signed up for my first astrophysics class: “The Search for Extraterrestrial Life.” This class had no prerequisites, so it was open to students of all majors and a great introduction for me to the field of astrophysics! While we did not end up discussing aliens themselves, as I had expected to, we learned about the important building blocks of astronomy, planetary science, and biology that make up the field of astrobiology (the study of life in the universe). We learned about what actually makes planets suitable to life, how we understand life, and how we go about studying planets outside of out Solar System.

Submitted by Ella D. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020