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Astronomy Courses

AST 123 (3-0-3)

Exploring Space

This course examines present and future methods of space exploration. Topics include the basic science, instruments, technology, dangers, benefits, costs, and practical and political importance of space exploration. Discussion topics include space stations, moon colonies, manned missions from Mercury through Apollo, and current international space missions. Spring only 


AST 125 (3-0-3)

Solar System

This course introduces students to the modern exploration of the solar system. Topics include the evolution and characteristics of the major planets, moons, and numerous minor planets of the solar system. Other topics include solar and lunar eclipses, seasons, lunar phases and astronomical folklore, and comparisons to recently discovered planetary systems. Fall only 


AST 127 (3-0-3)

Cosmic System

This course introduces students to the scientific study of the cosmic system. Emphasis is placed on the evolution, life-cycle, and characteristics of the stars and galaxies. Information from recent discoveries by the space-based telescope and other 21st century telescopes is presented. Other topics include constellation identification, life in the universe, and current theories of cosmology. Spring only