This course is designed as a non-mathematical, descriptive course in general astronomy dealing with the nature and evolution of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe. The planets, moon, meteors, comets, and other members of our solar system are included. The college planetarium is used for constellation, planet and galaxy identification as well as demonstrating space and time coordinates. (UC, CSU)
This course is laboratory work performing quantitative experiments of physical phenomena relating to astronomy. The experiments may include working in the planetarium on campus or with planetarium software. Observations using telescopes are also included. (UC, CSU)
Prerequisites: Completion of survey course with grade of "B" or better and presentation of a project acceptable to the instructor and division chairperson.
This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to research a problem in astronomy using the college's planetarium, telescopes, laboratory, or library. The project must be acceptable to a member of the astronomy staff and approved by the division chairperson. This course may be repeated for a maximum total of four units. (UC, CSU)