Astronomy (ASTR)



101 Descriptive Astronomy - 3 hours lecture, 3 units ( Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48, English 49 and Mathematics 34A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5, W5 and M20.
This course is an introductory survey of contemporary astronomy. Topics covered include the solar system, stars and stellar evolution, the Milky Way galaxy and cosmology. This course is designed for students planning to take advanced courses in the physical and earth sciences and for transfer students planning to major in astronomy. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

109 Practice in Observing - 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Astronomy 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This is a laboratory field experience course in general astronomy. Emphasis is placed on the constellations, celestial cycle interpretation, and descriptive observations of astronomical objects and events with and without the use of telescopes. This course is for all students interested in field experience in general astronomy. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Astronomy (ASTR) 109 and 111 combined: maximum credit, one course. 111 Astronomy

111 Astronomy Laboratory - 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Astronomy 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. T
his laboratory course features exercises and experiments covering topics ranging across the spectrum of astronomy. The course deals with the foundations of astronomy, and may include telescopes, planetary astronomy, stellar astronomy and galactic astronomy. Indoor exercises may involve computer simulations. Outdoor exercises may be required. The course is designed to supplement Astronomy 101. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Astronomy (ASTR) 109 and 111 combined: maximum credit, one course.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 120. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.