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Astronomy Course Descriptions

AST 151  General Astronomy I

This course introduces the science of modern astronomy with a concentration on the solar system.  Emphasis is placed on the history and physics of astronomy and an introduction to the solar system, including the planets, comets, and meteors.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a general understanding of the solar system.  This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

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Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisites: ENG 090 and ENG 090; or DRE 098 and MAT 070 or DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisite: AST 151A

AST 151 Course Outline: Not Available

AST 151A  General Astronomy I Lab

The course is a laboratory to accompany AST 151.  Emphasis is placed on laboratory experiences which enhance the materials presented in AST 151 and which provide practical experience.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a general understanding of the solar system.  This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, and MAT 070 or DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisite: AST 151

AST 151A Course Outline: Not Available

AST 152  General Astronomy II

This course is a continuation of AST 151 with primary emphasis beyond the solar system.  Topics include the sun, stars, galaxies, and the larger universe, including cosmology.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of astronomy.  This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisites: AST 151

Corequisite: AST 152A

AST 152 Course Outline: Not Available

AST 152A  General Astronomy II Lab

The course is a laboratory to accompany AST 152.  Emphasis is placed on laboratory experiences which enhance the materials presented in AST 152 and which provide practical experience.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of astronomy.  This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisites: AST 151

Corequisite: AST 152

AST 152A Course Outline: Not Available
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