ASTR 2: Astronomy Laboratory

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Corequisites: ASTR 10 or 11 or previous completion of ASTR 10 or 11

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a hands-on approach to learning astronomical data-collecting methods that reinforces the concepts learned in Astronomy 10 or 11. Methods include use of the planetarium instrument, celestial globes, spectroscopes, optical benches, computer simulations and analysis tools. Pass/No Pass Option

ASTR 5: Planetarium Astronomy

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

Naked eye astronomy is taught using the planetarium as a space simulator and teaching tool. Students have the opportunity to find and recognize northern hemisphere constellations and identify their brightest stars. The motion of the starry skies including celestial viewing of moon and planets is studied. Telescopes and methods of analyzing starlight are introduced. A brief history of astronomy from an earth centered to expanding universe view is presented. Planetarium astronomy makes use of our campus planetarium and, when practical, visit(s) to Bay Area planetarium(s). This class is also useful to prospective teachers and youth leaders. Pass/No Pass Option

ASTR 10: Solar System Astronomy

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is a course in descriptive Astronomy, with emphasis on evolution, structure and behavior of the Solar System and its contents. The course commences with a study of the night sky including the motions of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars. The motions of the celestial bodies are explained in the historical context of geocentric and heliocentric models. The origins of the solar system are explored followed by a study of the Terrestrial planets utilizing comparative planetary geology. The atmospheres of the Terrestrials and Jovians are investigated; followed by an exploration of moons, ring systems, asteroids and comets. Pass/No Pass Option

ASTR 11: Stellar Astronomy

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is a course in descriptive Astronomy, with emphasis on stars: their origin and evolution, their distribution within the galaxies and the origin of the universe within which the galaxies of stars are found. The course commences with a study of the night sky including the motions of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars. The motions of the celestial bodies are explained in the historical context of geocentric and heliocentric models. The course also covers the nature of light and employs telescopic observations to explore the properties of stars and their evolution. An investigation of the stages in the life of a star from birth to the different forms of stellar death is also offered. The course also examines the origins of the galaxies and the fate of the Universe. Pass/No Pass Option

ASTR 14: Life in the Universe

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course considers the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe. Applying the disciplines of astrophysics, biology, geology, and planetary science, students have the opportunity to study the chemical basis for life, the limits of life on earth and look for the markers of life in other places in the solar system. The course also examines the possibilities for life outside of the solar system. Pass/No Pass Option

ASTR 20: Family of the Sun

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is an introductory course in astronomy for the non-science major. Topics include study of the night sky and the motions of the objects in the heavens as seen from Earth, examination of the structure and behavior of the Solar System and its contents, planetary geology, planetary atmospheres, the search for other solar systems and the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial life. Laboratory work includes observation and application of concepts discussed in lectures, computer simulations, planetarium simulations, and field work. Pass/No Pass Option

ASTR 20H: Honors Family of the Sun

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MATH 902 or MATH 902P

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Astronomy uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified trans-disciplinary unit. Topics include study of the night sky and the motions of the objects in the heavens as seen from Earth, examination of the structure and behavior of the Solar System and its contents, planetary geology, planetary atmospheres, the search for other solar systems and the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial life. Laboratory work includes observation and application of concepts discussed in lectures, computer simulations, planetarium simulations, and field work.

ASTR 21: Lifestyles of the Stars

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is an introductory course in astronomy for the non-science major. Topics include study of the night sky and the motions of the objects in the heavens as seen from Earth, study of the birth, life and death of stars including Einstein’s theory of relativity as applied to black holes. Laboratory work includes observation and application of concepts discussed in lectures, computer simulations, planetarium simulations, and field work. Pass/No Pass Option

ASTR 21H: Honors Lifestyles of the Stars

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MATH 902P

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Astronomy uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified trans-disciplinary unit. Topics include study of the night sky and the motions of the objects in the heavens as seen from Earth, study of the birth, life and death of stars including Einstein’s theory of relativity as applied to black holes. Laboratory work includes observation and application of concepts discussed in lectures, computer simulations, planetarium simulations, and field work.

ASTR 22: From Big Bang to Black Holes

3 unit: lecture 3 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is an introductory course in Cosmology. Topics include an examination of the technologies (telescopes, particle accelerators and neutrino detectors) that are used to study the Cosmos, the study of interactions of light, matter, space-time and gravity, and the study of the history of the Universe including the Big Bang, cosmic expansion, inflation, large scale structure, dark matter and dark energy. Pass/No Pass Option

ASTR 30: Field Astronomy

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Corequisite: GEOL 30

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is an intensive weekend field lecture course, whose location may change from semester to semester, in general observational astronomy. The class uses direct visual and telescopic observation of the sky to help explain solar system, stellar and galaxy formation. The course includes pre-trip lecture meetings that cover the fundamentals of the motion of the heavens, star charts and telescope optics. Hiking and overnight camping is required. The course is held in conjunction with GEOL 30. Pass/No Pass Option

last published: 12/13/18