Program Purpose: Students who complete Astronomy courses will be able to identify, compare and contrast physical properties of astronomical objects; visualize the general structure and scale of the universe and our place within it; locate, identify and contrast prominent astronomical objects in the night sky; identify, comprehend and interpret elementary equations used in astronomy; and understand basic astronomical tools.
Astronomers use the principles of physics and mathematics to answer questions about the fundamental nature of the universe and about celestial bodies such as the sun, moon, planets, and stars. They may apply their knowledge to problems in navigation and space flight.
Surveys the origins, history, and accomplishments of the science of astronomy. Covers observational astronomy, light, telescopes, the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology.
Reinforces principles and techniques of observational astronomy through the use of telescopes, star charts, and other common devices to observe and measure positions. Includes locating the moon, constellations, planets, stars, and other galactic and extragalactic sources.
Provides on-the-job learning to develop effective work habits, attitudes, and career awareness in paid or unpaid internships that are related to the discipline. Involves the development and documentation of learning objectives and the completion of an internship paper, presentation, or project. Includes both workplace supervisor and faculty adviser feedback and/or written evaluations. Course Credit Limitation To take this course, contact the Career Transfer Center. Requires orientation session. Students receive one unit of credit for each 60 hours unpaid or 75 hours paid work. May enroll in up to 4 units a semester with a maximum of 16 total units of any type of work experience.
Allows independent study for students who wish to extend their knowledge of a particular area of Astronomy through research and study. Utilizes an approved independent project. Includes one-on-one work with instructor. Interested students should contact an Astronomy instructor for assistance in developing a contract for learning about a specific topic.