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ASTR 110: Introduction to Astronomy (3 credits)

Course Description

Introduction to the astronomical universe for non-science students. (3 hours lecture)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Outline the development of astronomy from ancient times to present and explain the role of the scientific method in this historic context.
  • Describe and explain the apparent motions of the celestial bodies, especially as related to naked-eye observations.
  • Identify the appropriate instruments used by astronomers to understand the universe.
  • Outline the origins of our solar system and appraise the leading cosmological theories of the origin of the universe.
  • Describe the physical and chemical properties of the objects in our solar system and apply the concept of comparative planetology.
  • Describe the physical and chemical nature of stars, and especially our sun, and apply the astronomical techniques used to measure stellar properties.
  • Outline the evolutionary stages in a star's life and compare and contrast the structure of our Milky Way and other galaxies.
  • Apply astronomical concepts to the search for extraterrestrial life.

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