Honors | From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web (HON)
H230 | 27320 | Kathy Schick, Nicholas Toth


TuTh 4:00-5:15pm
Collins

Class meets with CLLC-L 230

Where did we come from? How did get where we are today? Where might
the human species be going in the future? This course will cover the
100 most important events in cosmic, terrestrial, organic, and human
evolution in ten nested time scales. We will consider the Big
Bang and the origins of the universe, origins of the earth, origins
of life, evolution of more complex life, the extinction of the
dinosaurs and rise of mammals, human evolution, the rise of farming
and urban communities, and human technological and cultural
developments through time. We will also make predictions and
speculate about important events in the future. The course text will
be Maps of Time: an Introduction to Big History by David Christian.
This course will include lecture and class discussions, video
footage, and examination of actual materials such as
extraterrestrial objects, geological specimens, fossils,
and human artifacts.