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Undergraduate Degree Programs

These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO)

ASTRO 010 (GN) Elementary Astronomy (2) Introductory survey of modern astronomy from planets and stars to galaxies and the universe. Students who have passed ASTRO 001, ASTRO 005, or ASTRO 006 may not take this course for credit. Students may not receive General Education credit for ASTRO 010 unless they also take ASTRO 011.

ASTRO 010 Elementary Astronomy (2)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

ASRTO 010 provides the 2 credit lecture component of a one-semester overview of modern astronomy. The class covers a wide range of topics in planetary, stellar, galactic, and extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. The level is appropriate for students with no university-level science background. The instructor makes frequent use of dramatic images of astronomical objects, demonstrations, and computer simulations. Profound themes underlie the content of the course: how the physical structure and evolution of the universe appears to be ruled by deterministic mathematical laws; how our understanding of the universe progresses by the intricate interplay between theory and observations; how we, as living organisms on a well-placed planet, appear to be both an intimate part of yet an unusual occurrence within the universe. The student will gain perspective on his or her place in a vast and stunningly beautiful universe.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Fall 2009

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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