Astronomy (ASTR)

ASTR 300 Introduction to Astronomy

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGRD 110 and MATH 100
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This is a general course in astronomy that examines the nature and evolution of the solar system, stars, galaxies, cosmology and life in the universe.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • recall important words and definitions used in astronomy.
  • investigate conceptual and simple quantitative problems requiring the application of basic physics and astronomy.
  • explain astronomical evolutionary processes within the universe.
  • explain the major similarities and differences between the planets and other objects within the solar system.
  • explain the daily and yearly motions of the night sky and of the Sun, Moon and planets.

ASTR 400 Astronomy Laboratory

  • Units:1
  • Hours:54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Corequisite:ASTR 300 (may be taken previously)
  • Advisory:MATH 30 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces students to various types of astronomical observations and presents the tools needed to analyze and interpret astronomical data. The course will cover historical and current observational methods. This will include naked eye and telescopic observations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • recognize and classify common celestial objects.
  • use common astronomical methods and tools.
  • analyze astronomical data to infer properties of celestial bodies.
  • set-up a telescope and use it to obtain drawings/pictures of astronomical objects.

ASTR 495 Independent Studies in Astronomy

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019