Astronomy

ASTR-115: Stellar Astronomy, Credits = 5
This course, which includes a lab, explores the formation, evolution, and death of stars. Our sun is used as an example of ordinary stars in their middle age. This course is intended for the student interested in astronomy to fulfill the general education lab science requirements. Topics include the birth of stars and the final states they may occupy at their death, extraordinary stars, extremely massive stars, black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs. Prerequisites: MATH 74C; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

ASTR-120: Galaxies, the Universe and Cosmology, Credits = 5
This course, which includes a lab, examines current ideas concerning the nature of galaxies and the universe as a whole. This course is intended for the student interested in astronomy to fulfill the general education lab science requirements. Topics include general relativity and curved space-time, black holes, quasars, and The Big Bang model of cosmology. These topics are studied in a descriptive, predominately non-mathematical manner. Prerequisites: MATH 74C; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.