Course Description

Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 16: Major Events in History of Life, EPS SCI 16

Enrollment and waitlists for Winter Quarter 2020 are CLOSED.

Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Designed for nonmajors. History of life on Earth as revealed through fossil record. P/NP or letter grading.

Key Information

Credit: 4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units credit
UC Los Angeles, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
General Education: SE, SL.

UC Irvine:
Unit Credit

UC Los Angeles:
General Education: SI - LS

UC Merced:
Units toward degree (see your adviser)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective Units

UC San Diego:
General Education: Warren - May be counted depending on major/PofC/AS, Revelle Natural Science; TMC 1 course toward lower division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major, Seventh - 1 course towards Alternatives - Natural Sciences and Engineering; Muir: 1 course in a Natural Sciences theme in "Biological Sciences"

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
General Education: Possible Area C after petition
Course Equivalence: Likely equivalent to Earth 30 after petition

UC Santa Cruz:
Unit Credit

Course Fees

None

More About The Course

Students will interact with their Teaching Assistant mainly through Live Lab-Discussion Sections:

Live Lab-Discussion Sections are conducted using two-way live videoconferencing. Sections are one hour, once per week, and section times are specified at registration. Attendance at weekly online sections is mandatory. Each week, students watch a pre-recorded lab lecture prior to live lab sections. Students then attend a live group discussion session led by a Teaching Assistant in a format similar to that of a lab section conducted on campus.

Course Creator

J.W. Schopf
J. William Schopf is an American paleobiologist and professor of earth sciences at the University of California Los Angeles. He is also Director of the Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life, and a member of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, and the Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA.
Schopf is most well-known for his study of Precambrian prokaryotic life in Australia's Apex chert. He has published extensively in peer reviewed literature about the origins of life on Earth. He is the first to discover Precambrian microfossils in stromatolitic sediments of Australia (1965), South Africa (1966), Russia (1977), India (1978), and China (1984). He served as NASA's principal investigator of lunar samples between 1969 and 1974.
J. William Schopf  is an American paleobiologist and professor of earth sciences at the University of California Los Angeles. He is also Director of the Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life, and a member of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, and the Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA. Schopf is most ...

J. William Schopf is an American paleobiologist and professor of earth sciences at the University of California Los Angeles. He is also Director of the Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life, and a member of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, and the Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA.
Schopf is most well-known for his study of Precambrian prokaryotic life in Australia's Apex chert. He has published extensively in peer reviewed literature about the origins of life on Earth. He is the first to discover Precambrian microfossils in stromatolitic sediments of Australia (1965), South Africa (1966), Russia (1977), India (1978), and China (1984). He served as NASA's principal investigator of lunar samples between 1969 and 1974.

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