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PHYSICAL SCIENCE

The Solar System

Earth and Space Science

Foreground: the planets of the Solar System, scaled to size; Background: small versions distributed relative to their distance from the Sun

What questions are debated in astrophysics today? In this course, co-authored by Neil deGrasse Tyson, you will explore what we know about our place in space and where the frontiers lie.

Find out what we know about the Solar System, how we know it, and which mysteries remain to be solved. Authored by world-class experts, this six-week online course investigates the origins of the Solar System, its diverse and extreme conditions, its dynamism, and its effect on the evolution and fate of life on Earth.

This course begins Oct 31

Fall 2 Session

Oct 31 - Dec 11, 2016
Registration deadline: Oct 17
Register by Oct 3 to save $50.
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COURSE COST

$495 per course
$25 one-time registration fee

GRAD CREDIT

This course is approved for graduate credit from these institutions at an additional cost. Select an institution below for full details on cost, enrollment and more:

Find out what we know about the Solar System, how we know it, and which mysteries remain to be solved. Authored by world-class experts, this six-week online course investigates the origins of the Solar System, its diverse and extreme conditions, its dynamism, and its effect on the evolution and fate of life on Earth.

Course Format

This online course is asynchronous, giving you the flexibility to complete weekly activities at your own pace. Essays, written by our authoring scientists, are supplemented by case studies, textbook readings, videos, interactive simulations, image galleries, and more. These resources provide the foundation for assignments as well as online discussions where you will exchange questions and ideas with course faculty and other learners. The course culminates in a final project, which is your opportunity to create activities that you can use with your students.

A teacher and her students looking at tablet computers with images of planets

Connecting to Your Classroom

This course includes a variety of resources that can be adapted for use in your classroom. Participants frequently use course activities as a central component of their final project. For example, in this course you will use an online map to create a scale model of the solar system to share with your classmates.

Recent Course Faculty

This course is co-taught by an experienced classroom teacher and a working scientist. With low faculty to student ratios, this powerful combination of scientific expertise and classroom application creates opportunities for discussions about the course content and how it can be taught.

This course begins Oct 31

Fall 2 Session

Oct 31 - Dec 11, 2016
Registration deadline: Oct 17
Register by Oct 3 to save $50.
10 days left to save.

COURSE COST

$495 per course
$25 one-time registration fee

GRAD CREDIT

This course is approved for graduate credit from these institutions at an additional cost. Select an institution below for full details on cost, enrollment and more:

The discussion board was engaging and informative from different perspectives of the students. The weekly resources were excellent! Instructor, scientist & Rebecca were all supportive and challenging throughout the course. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

— MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHER

The videos and links were great. I felt it was very accessible and I enjoyed that I could work when I wanted to.

— HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY TEACHER

The instructors pushed us and maintained a high level of expectations throughout the course. The amount of material covered and choice of topics were great! The instructors were very encouraging as well.

— HIGH SCHOOL EARTH SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TEACHER