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Effective Fall 2014. Previous descriptions may have had different requirements. Have questions? See an advisor.
AST101IN Solar System Credit Hours: 4.00
Introduction to the science of the nature and origin of the solar system: the sun and its family of planets, along with comets and asteroids. Includes the history of astronomy and special topics regarding the space program. Also includes scientific thinking as an application of critical and quantitative thinking, and science in contrast to pseudoscience. Also includes in-class measuremental and mathematical exercises, outside observation projects, independent studies, and self-initiated trips to local astronomy facilities.
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Information: IN is the integrated version of the course with the lecture and lab taught simultaneously.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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AST101LB Solar System Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.00
Laboratory for AST 101. Includes in-class measuremental and mathematical exercises, outside observation projects, independent studies, and self-initiated field trips to local astronomy facilities. Emphasizes hands-on group and individual experiences, and mathematical reasoning to enrich understanding of AST101 lecture material.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites: AST 101
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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AST101 Solar System Credit Hours: 3.00
Introduction to the science of the nature and origin of the solar system: the sun and its family of planets, along with comets and asteroids. Includes the history of astronomy and special topics regarding the space program. Also includes scientific thinking as an application of critical and quantitative thinking, and science in contrast to pseudoscience.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites: AST 101LB
Offered: Fall, Spring.
Course Outline Schedule of Classes
 
AST102IN Stars, Galaxies, Universe Credit Hours: 4.00
Introduction to the universe beyond the solar system. Includes the nature of light, how astronomers and telescopes work, and the possibilities of alien life in the universe. Also includes the lifetime of stars, exotic objects such as quasars, pulsars and black holes; and the origin, nature, and future of the universe. Also includes scientific thinking as an application of critical and quantitative thinking and science in contrast to pseudoscience. Also includes in-class measuremental and mathematical exercises, outside observation projects, independent studies, and self-initiated field trips to local astronomy facilities.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites:
Information: IN is the integrated version of the course with the lecture and lab taught simultaneously.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Course Outline Schedule of Classes
 
AST102LB Stars, Galaxies, Universe Laboratory Credit Hours: 1.00
Laboratory for AST 102. Includes in-class measuremental and mathematical exercises, outside observation projects, independent studies, and self-initiated field trips to local astronomy facilities. Emphasizes hands-on group and individual experiences and mathematical reasoning to enrich understanding of AST 102 lecture material.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites: AST 102
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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AST102 Stars, Galaxies, Universe Credit Hours: 3.00
Introduction to the universe beyond the solar system. Includes the nature of light, how astronomers and telescopes work, and the possibilities of alien life in the universe. Also includes the lifetime of stars, exotic objects such as quasars, pulsars and black holes; and the origin, nature, and future of the universe. Also includes scientific thinking as an application of critical and quantitative thinking, and science in contrast to pseudoscience.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites: AST 102LB
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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AST105IN Life in the Universe Credit Hours: 4.00
The science of astronomy focusing on the formation of the universe, the solar system, and life. Includes Earth's location in space and time, nature of life, light and the spectrum, origin of the universe, galaxies and stars, origin of the solar system, planetary atmospheres, origin of life on Earth, life on other solar system planets, and life around other stars. Also includes observations, experiments, image analysis, scientific and photogeology laboratory exercise, group telescopic observation projects, and personal observation projects.
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Course Corequisites:
Information: IN is the integrated version of the course with the lecture and lab taught simultaneously.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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AST296LB Independent Study in Astronomy Credit Hours: 1-4.00
Experience in astronomical research, projects, or topical studies. Specific content to be determined by student and instructor.
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Information: Consent of instructor is required before enrolling in this course.
Information: May be taken three times for a maximum of twelve credit hours.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.