Physics

Astronomy

Mosaic of Planets (JPL/NASA)

1904 Astronomy is an introductory course that looks at "everything in the universe." Students begin by learning the basic science that is used by astronomers including a brief history of astronomy which describes the early development of scientific methods used today. This background is used to look at the earth, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteorites in a detailed study of our solar system. Attention is then turned to the stars--their births, lives, and deaths--using our sun as a first example and culminating with supernovas, neutrons stars, and the concept of black holes. Later, the focus is broadened to look at galaxies and quasars, and the course finishes with a study of cosmology--the structure, history, and predicted future of the universe.

Ring Nebula (AURI/STScI)Several optional night viewing sessions are offered so students have a chance to view the night sky with the naked eye and through several telescopes.

Astronomy is offered every semester and will fulfill the physical science elective in the Natural Sciences General Education requirements.

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