Astronomy

Course details for summer 2015 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in summer 2014 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

College of Arts & Sciences

The Solar System

CAS AS 101

The historical development of astronomy and the motion of the planets. The formation of the solar system. The sun and its effects on the earth. Description of the planets and the moons of our solar system, including recent results from the space program. Laboratory exercises are completed in class and telescopic observations are scheduled at night as weather permits. Use of the observatory. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS AS 105. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr.

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The Astronomical Universe

CAS AS 102

The birth and death of stars. Red giants, white dwarfs, black holes. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, and other galaxies. The Big Bang and other cosmological theories of our expanding universe. Laboratory exercises are completed in class and telescopic observations are scheduled at night as weather permits. Use of the observatory. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr.

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Cosmology

CAS AS 109

The evolution of cosmological thought from prehistory to the present: Greek astronomy, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. Motion, gravity, and the nature of space-time. The expanding universe. The early universe and Big Bang. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS. 4 cr.

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