L&S Curricular Connections

Big Ideas Courses

Letters and Science 125


Physical Science

This Big Ideas Course will challenge students to develop a broad scientific understanding of the concept and manifestations of Time, chiefly through the lenses of physics, geology, cosmology, and evolution. The course will include an introduction to “Big History,” and there will also be some discussion of the psychology and human perception of time. The course will use mathematical tools at the level of college algebra, and will assume a high-school level understanding of physical science. Students will be asked to participate in a group term project.

Raphael Bousso faculty profile
Raphael Bousso (Physics)
Mark Richards faculty profile
Mark Richards (Earth and Planetary Science)

Terms Offered

  • Fall 2017
  • Spring 2016
  • Spring 2015
  • Spring 2013