The UNSW Astrobiology: Life in the Universe (BEES6741) course is a fully online, third-stage science elective course. It explores the search for life elsewhere in the universe through the origin of life on Earth. It also looks at the mysteries of why the Earth-like planet Mars died early in its evolution and whether Mars ever had any microbial life forms. Throughout this course, you’ll delve into the implications for life elsewhere in the solar system and planetary life in solar systems beyond.
The course involves three diverse assignments that build towards a key outcome – to comprehend the true nature of science through the lens of the search for life in the universe and how astrobiologists undertake their work.
There is no final exam.
Term offering: Term 3
Course attendance: Online course
Course code: BEES6741
The pre-requisite for the course is 48 units of credit (UoC) in Science. Students are encouraged to take the second stage science and general education elective Introduction to Astrobiology (BEES2741) before enrolling on this course.