Astronomy is taught by the Department of Physics. See Physics 750 for listing of faculty.
50:100:305Observational Astronomy (3) This course is meant to serve as an introductory course in astronomy but will place emphasis on observational techniques. While the course will detail the operation of optical telescopes, we will also delve into non-optical instrumentation and techniques. The course will be given at a level suitable for both non-science majors and science majors who have no prior knowledge of astronomy. Note, some basic math operations, such as those found in algebra and trigonometry, will be part of the course.Fulfills the Gen Ed PLS requirement, taught online during the summer.
50:100:306Descriptive Astronomy (R) (3) Introduction to astronomy and astrophysics. Emphasis on the solar system and Kepler's Laws, stellar magnitudes, distances, stellar evolution, the galaxy, black holes, and the Big Bang. Recommended for non-science majors; however, numerical examples are used. Depending on the time of year, students also may be required to participate in a star-viewing program.Fulfills the Gen Ed PLS requirement, periodically taught online during the academic year.