SCI-4301: Astro-eXtraordinary Course Launches for Spring 2022

An entirely new course, available to all students at SMU who’ve taken calculus and any of the introductory course sequences in Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics, will launch in Spring 2022. “Astro-eXtraordinary: The Universe Beyond Earth” is modeled on programs offered by leading institutes and schools, such as the Aspen Center for Physics or the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. The idea is to immerse students in the broad study of the cosmos through the lenses of disciplines, highlighting cross-disciplinary areas and opportunities. The class brings together an extraordinary team of instructors, each of whom will teach for about 1-2 weeks and cover material salient to their research while introducing students to the motivation and impact of their broader area of study.

The course offers a dedicated Honors Section as well as a normal enrollment section, and it has been selected by the Departments of Chemistry and Physics to count as an elective course in their degree plans. Students are encouraged to enroll quickly as there are a limited number of seats available for this one-of-a-kind course. Check us out in the Syllabus Library and enroll in My.SMU today!

By Stephen Sekula

Professor of Physics. Department Chair. Higgs Hunter. Computational Physicist. Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. B.S. from Yale University.