Evolution and Exploration of our Solar System

Course Description

In this course, we will visit the various places in our Solar System that have been studied by NASA missions to date and learn about the processes that could have formed them.

The course will combine topics from planetary science, geology, chemistry, physics, and engineering with the goal of creating a foundation for the future study and enjoyment of space science. Interactive labs with real data and samples will allow you to get hands-on experience in the methods that are used by researchers to learn about our Solar System.

During this class you will:
• Learn about the structure of our solar system and the processes that shaped its evolution (e.g., volcanism, impact cratering, and plate tectonics)
• Learn about NASA missions that have visited different bodies and what they found there
• Use your knowledge to analyze samples and spacecraft data and and explore your own scientific questions

By successfully completing this course you will gain a broad knowledge about the processes that formed our solar system. This should allow you to interpret and think critically about new scientific findings from past, present, and future space missions. It should also provide you with a foundation to begin your own personal journey into the world of planetary science as you embark into your professional lives after graduating high school.


The only requirement for this course is an interest in planetary science and geology! A general sense of curiosity and motivation to explore the unknown will guarantee your enjoyment of the material. Basic concepts in math and science like basic algebra and the scientific method will form the backbone of the class, but we expect students to come in with different levels of comfort and familiarity with these materials.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 08, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Beau Boring
Janette Levin
Course Number: 10362