Astronomy

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES IN ASTRONOMY

ASTR 1401 Descriptive Astronomy I (3-2) A descriptive, non-mathematical course that deals mainly with the solar system and its components. Emphasis is on the study of the celestial sphere, the history of astronomy, motions in the heavens, and the survey of planets. This course includes observations of the night sky and solar objects with various university telescope systems. ASTR 1402 Descriptive Astronomy II (3-2) A descriptive, non-mathematical course that deals mainly with stellar and galactic astronomy, but begins with a brief survey of the solar system. Emphasis is on the study of properties of stars, star clusters, nebulae, interstellar gas and dust, the Milky Way galaxy and exterior galaxies. The course includes instruction in the university planetarium as well as telescopic observations.