This course is a multidisciplinary, laboratory based course which examines the structure and composition of the planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe. The topics will include, but are not limited to, observing the night sky, planetary features, planetary motions, the sun, stars, galaxies, and the universe.
Credits: 1.0 (0.5 per semester)
Estimated Completion Time: 2 semesters/18-36 weeks
* Scores are based on 76 student ratings out of 5.
“I really enjoyed the interactive programs and Stellarium”
“This is a challenging, yet fun class where you get to learn about the stars and galaxies”Student Survey Responses
The student will learn:
- Understand the process of scientific inquiry and the role of observation and experimentation in explaining astronomical phenomena.
- Describe the historical and contemporary context of Astronomy and its application to everyday life.
- Apply concepts of reading and writing in science and technology.
- Understand the structure, composition, and features of the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun.
- Describe the interactions among the components of the Earth, Moon, and Sun system (including energy transmission and absorption).
- Discuss the scale and organization of the solar system, the role of gravity in the solar system, and characteristics of the bodies within the solar system.
- Describe the properties, motions, and life cycles of stars and the methods and technology used to study them.
- Discuss evidence regarding the origin, age, size, structure, scale, and motions of the universe, the Milky Way galaxy, and the solar system.
- Present findings from original scientific research in a formal setting.