ONLINE: The sun is one of billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy and trillions throughout the universe. Stars vary tremendously in character, and this online course will present ideas on the life cycle of various types of stars, ranging from barely luminous brown dwarfs to massive stars that end their lives in spectacular explosions. The course is divided into the three areas of stellar evolution: birth, life, and death. Stellar evolution has been studied since the realization that nuclear fusion was the main energy source powering stars. A vast amount of specialized knowledge has been developed, but in this course we will distill this information into essential aspects accessible to nonexperts. If successful, students will gain a greater appreciation for the wonderful complexity of our star-filled universe. They should be prepared to listen, ask questions, and, hopefully, aided by provided Internet links, seek further information on the nature of stars. | Lecture + Q&A.