History of the Universe – PHYS 005

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Take the History of the Universe Course (PHYS 005) for your science breadth requirement, and have fun at the same time.

Learn about:

  • The Big Bang
  • Black holes and quasars
  • Dark matter and dark energy
  • The evolution of galaxies
  • The different types of galaxies (spiral, elliptical, irregular)
  • The origin of spiral galaxies
  • The search of extraterrestrial life

Also, win extra-credit points with interesting artistic projects and through interactive questions in class.


The course is taught by Dr. Mario De Leo-Winkler, an astrophysicist specializing in researching educational methods in science. Dr. De Leo-Winkler has offered over 300 conferences worldwide and supervised educational workshops and picture exhibitions attended by over 1.1 million people. During the course you are sure to find a multimedia experience that will make learning more attractive.


  • The course will be taught on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays of the Spring 2018 quarter, from 3:10 to 4:00 PM.
  • There are no prerequisites to take this course.
  • Older versions (two previous editions) of the textbook are accepted so you don’t have to spend a lot of money.
  • No clicker required, we have a free option !
  • If you have any questions please send them to mariodlw@ucr.edu