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Course Catalog


This course is designed to provide a survey of astronomy with emphasis on the underlying physical principles. Students learn about the scientific method and developments that have enabled our current understanding of the dynamic universe. Main topics include the cycles of the sky, the history of astronomy, the stars, the Milky Way galaxy and the solar system. Group projects cover additional topics such as galaxies, cosmology and details of the solar system planets. Laboratories with hands-on activities are an important component of the course. Some lab periods meet in the evening for astronomical observations. No mathematical background beyond basic high school algebra is assumed.

Core Curriculum Designation: PN
Grade Basis: Letter Grade
Credits: 4.0