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Astronomy

Course Descriptions

ASTR& 110: The Solar System w/Lab

Credits: 5.0

A study of the solar system; light and optics; telescopes; history and development of astronomy. Night observing sessions are a required part of the lab. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): ENGL& 101 and MATH 087.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of general scientific principles, with an emphasis on the fundamental astrophysical principles that govern the solar system and universe. These include the principles underlying physical theories and processes of scientific discovery, and the nature of scientific evidence upon which contemporary astronomical theories are based.
  2. Describe the contributions of different cultures to Western scientific thought in astronomy.
  3. Analyze physical systems, solve problems, and answer questions using mathematics appropriate to astronomy and performing calculations appropriate to the task.
  4. Clearly communicate fundamental knowledge particular to astronomy with their peers using appropriate vocabulary.

ASTR 120: Stars and Galaxies

Credits: 5.0

Second course in astronomy focusing on stars, galaxies, and the universe. Looks at stellar configurations, stellar evolution from nebulae to black holes, galactic structure, evolution and cosmology. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): ENGL& 101 and MATH 087.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of general scientific principles, with an emphasis on the fundamental astrophysical principles that govern the stars, galaxy, and universe. These include the principles underlying physical theories and processes of scientific discovery, and the nature of scientific evidence upon which contemporary astronomical theories are based.
  2. Describe the contributions of different cultures to western scientific thought in astronomy.
  3. Analyze physical systems, solve problems, and answer questions using mathematics appropriate to astronomy and performing calculations appropriate to the task.
  4. Clearly communicate fundamental knowledge particular to astronomy with their peers using appropriate vocabulary.

ASTR 199: Special Projects in Astronomy

Credits: 5.0

Individual projects in astronomy.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Complete an independent project (research or expression) on a focused area of interest or need, either individually or as a member of a research team.
  2. Develop specific concepts or materials relevant to the project topic.
  3. Develop, with guidance, a comprehensive approach or activity which supplements the learning in a particular course or program of study.
  4. Develop, implement, and complete a total project adhering to established or innovative procedures and due dates.
  5. Read, evaluate, and interpret physical concepts and findings in general, technical, and research literature.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to construct, articulate, and defend a valid scientific argument and to critique others' arguments and techniques.

ASTR 299: Special Projects in Astronomy

Credits: 5.0

Individual projects in astronomy.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Complete an independent project (research or expression) on a focused area of interest or need, either individually or as a member of a research team.
  2. Develop specific concepts or materials relevant to the project topic.
  3. Develop, with guidance, a comprehensive approach or activity which supplements the learning in a particular course or program of study.
  4. Develop, implement, and complete a total project adhering to established or innovative procedures and due dates.
  5. Read, evaluate, and interpret physical concepts and findings in general, technical, and research literature.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to construct, articulate, and defend a valid scientific argument and to critique others' arguments and techniques.