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.

1189   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Balm S P
Above section 1189 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 13 to Apr 07, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

1190   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Balm S P
Above section 1190 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 13 to Apr 07, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

1191   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Balm S P
Above section 1191 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 17 to Jun 09, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

4042   5:15p-6:35p TTh   DRSCHR 205   Schwartz M J

4043   5:45p-8:50p W   MALIBU 21   Sobel H

Above section 4043 meets at Webster Elementary School, 3602 Winter Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265. Please go to www.smc.edu/malibuclasses for campus information.

NEW   3438   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Balm S P
Above section 3438 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 17 to Jun 09, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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.

1192   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Balm S P
Above section 1192 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 13 to Apr 07, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

1193   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Balm S P
Above section 1193 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 17 to Jun 09, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

4044   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.

1194   8:00a-11:05a M   DRSCHR 128   Fouts G A

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

1195   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.

1196   11:45a-2:50p M   DRSCHR 128   Arias Young T

   11:45a-2:50p W   DRSCHR 128   Arias Young T

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

   6:45p-9:50p W   DRSCHR 128   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).

1197   8:00a-11:05a T   DRSCHR 136   Salama A H

1198   8:00a-11:05a Th   BUS 250   Balm S P

Above section 1198 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.

4046   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).

1199   12:45p-2:05p TTh   DRSCHR 205   Fouts G A

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