EDCC Logo
 
Astronomy

Course Descriptions

ASTR& 110: The Solar System

Credits: 5.0

A study of the solar system; light and optics; telescopes; history and development of astronomy. Six hours of lecture and laboratory weekly. Concurrent enrollment in the lecture and lab is required. Night observing sessions are a required part of the lab. S/U grade option (was ASTRO 100).Prerequisite(s): MATH 090 or MATH 095 with a grade of 2.0 or higher and placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of general scientific principles, with an emphasis on the fundamental astrophysical principles that govern the solar system & 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. [REASON]
  2. Describe the contributions of different cultures to western scientific thought in astronomy. [EXPLORE]
  3. Analyze physical systems, solve problems, and answer questions using mathematics appropriate to astronomy and performing calculations appropriate to the task. [REASON]
  4. Clearly communicate fundamental knowledge particular to astronomy with their peers using appropriate vocabulary. [COMMUNICATE]

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. (was ASTRO 110). S/U grade option.Prerequisite(s): MATH 090 or MATH 095 with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent and placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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. [REASON]
  2. Describe the contributions of different cultures to western scientific thought in astronomy. [EXPLORE]
  3. Analyze physical systems, solve problems, and answer questions using mathematics appropriate to astronomy and performing calculations appropriate to the task. [REASON]
  4. Clearly communicate fundamental knowledge particular to astronomy with their peers using appropriate vocabulary. [COMMUNICATE]