Professor explaining to students how to look through a telescope

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Astronomy

ASTRON 1, Stellar Astronomy 3 units

Transfer: UC*, CSU IGETC AREA 5A (Physical Sciences, non-lab) Prerequisite: None.

*Maximum credit allowed for Astronomy 1 and Astronomy 3 is one course (4 units).

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating subject of astronomy with an emphasis on the study of the Sun and other stars. Topics covered include the motions of the sky, a survey of the history of astronomy from Kepler to Einstein, gravity, radiation and matter, astronomical instrumentation, the Sun, stars, star formation, stellar evolution, galaxies and cosmology.

This course is not recommended to those who have completed Astronomy 3.

1211 8:00a-9:20a TTh BUS 250 Salama A H

1212 Arrange-3 Hours ONLINE Balm S P
Above section 1212 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

1213 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Balm S P
Above section 1213 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 28 to Oct 20, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

4041 5:15p-6:35p TTh DRSCHR 205 Schwartz M J

4042 6:45p-9:50p W BUS 250 Balm S P
Above section 4042 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

ASTRON 2, Planetary Astronomy 3 units

Transfer: UC*, CSU IGETC AREA 5A (Physical Sciences, non-lab) Prerequisite: None.

*Maximum credit allowed for Astronomy 2 and Astronomy 4 is one course (4 units).

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating subject of astronomy with an emphasis on the study of the Earth and the other planets in the solar system. Topics covered include the motions of the sky, a survey of the history of astronomy from the Greeks to Einstein, phases of the moon, eclipses, gravity, the formation of the solar system, the Earth, Terrestrial and Jovian planets, their moons, asteroids, meteoroids, comets and a discussion of extrasolar planets around other stars.

This course is not recommended to those who have completed Astronomy 4.

1214 8:00a-11:05a F DRSCHR 205 Arias Young T

1215 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Balm S P
Above section 1215 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

1216 Arrange-6.5 Hours ONLINE Balm S P
Above section 1216 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 23 to Dec 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

1217 Arrange-3 Hours ONLINE Schwartz M J
Above section 1217 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

4043 6:45p-9:50p Th DRSCHR 205 Schwartz M J

ASTRON 3, Stellar Astronomy with Laboratory 4 units

Transfer: UC*, CSU IGETC AREA 5A (Physical Sciences, + LAB) Prerequisite: None.

*Maximum credit allowed for Astronomy 1 and Astronomy 3 is one course (4 units).

This survey course covers the same material as Astronomy 1 but has a laboratory portion covering astronomical observations. The laboratory portion includes the use of star charts, celestial globes, spectroscopes, optical benches, occasional visits to the planetarium, and computer simulations.

1218 8:00a-11:05a M DRSCHR 128 Fouts G A

8:00a-11:05a W DRSCHR 205 Fouts G A

1219 8:00a-11:05a T DRSCHR 128 Fouts G A

8:00a-11:05a Th DRSCHR 205 Fouts G A

ASTRON 4, Planetary Astronomy with Laboratory 4 units

Transfer: UC*, CSU IGETC AREA 5A (Physical Sciences, + LAB) Prerequisite: None.

*Maximum credit allowed for Astronomy 2 and Astronomy 4 is one course (4 units).

This survey course covers the same material as Astronomy 2, but includes a laboratory section covering astronomical observations. The laboratory portion includes the use of star charts, celestial globes, optical benches, and occasional visits to the planetarium, and computers for computer simulations. It is a one semester survey introduction to the origin and evolution of solar systems, including planetary atmospheres, interiors, surface features, moons, and their interaction with comets, asteroids, and the solar wind.

4044 6:45p-9:50p M DRSCHR 128 Schwartz M J

6:45p-9:50p W DRSCHR 205 Schwartz M J

ASTRON 5, Life in the Universe 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 5A (Physical Sciences, non-lab) Prerequisite: None.

This course surveys the latest ideas concerning the origin and evolution of life on earth and discusses how these ideas are influencing our search for life on other planets in our solar system and elsewhere in the Universe. Topics covered include the chemical and biological basis of life, the search for life on Mars, extrasolar planets and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).

1220 2:15p-3:35p MW DRSCHR 205 Balm S P

4045 6:45p-9:50p T DRSCHR 205 Schwartz M J

ASTRON 6, Archaeoastronomy 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences) Prerequisite: None.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course will stress naked-eye astronomy and the historical development of astronomical thought, from the stone age to modern times. Students will learn about celestial motions and how these motions have shaped various cultural views, and how cultural beliefs and values shaped interpretations of the phenomena seen. We will see how eclipses of the sun and moon helped mark important epochs of time, and how solar and lunar motions were used to help create calendars. The class will study the development of astronomy in western European cultures, American cultures (North America, Mesoamerica, and South America), and non-western cultures (Asia, Africa).

1221 12:45p-2:05p TTh DRSCHR 205 Fouts G A

ASTRON 7, Cosmology 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 5 (Physical Sciences, non-lab) Prerequisite: None.

This course explores how our ideas surrounding the origin, evolution and future of the universe have developed from earliest times until present day. Topics discussed include creation mythology, gravity, matter and radiation, relativity, cosmic expansion and acceleration, the Big Bang, dark matter and dark energy, the cosmic microwave background, inflation and the multiverse.

1222 3:45p-5:05p MW DRSCHR 205 Balm S P

ASTRON 8, Introduction to Astrophysics 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 5A (Physical Sciences, non-lab) Prerequisite: Math 2.

A rigorous quantitative introduction to the physics of astronomy for prospective majors and mathematically-minded enthusiasts. The course employs graphing techniques, systems of equations, and geometric analysis to survey a wide range of astronomical phenomena including stellar evolution, planetary physics, and extragalactic cosmology. Emphasis will be placed upon deploying expedient methods of approximation to solve problems in emerging frontiers of research such as exoplanets, brown dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes, quasars, dark matter, and gamma-ray bursts. This curriculum provides an extraordinary opportunity for the motivated student to experience the thrill of applied math in the cosmic context of 21st century astrophysics.

4046 5:15p-6:35p MW DRSCHR 205 Schwartz M J

ASTRON 10, Exploration of the Solar System 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU Advisory: Astronomy 2 or 4 or Geology 1 or 4.

This course provides a geologic and astronomic view of solar system exploration. Current knowledge of the geology of other planets, natural satellites and asteroids is discussed. Current studies in planetary science and how to access and utilize data collected from modern and historic planetary missions and Earth-based studies are also examined.

Astronomy 10 is the same course as Geology 10. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

1223 8:00a-9:20a TTh DRSCHR 207 Collins L E

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