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.

1062 10:15a-12:20p MTWTh DRSCHR 208 Sobel H

1063 Arrange-9 Hours ONLINE Balm S P
Above section 1063 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to www.smc.edu/OnlineEd.

1064 Arrange-9 Hours ONLINE Balm S P
Above section 1064 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.

1065 12:30p-2:35p MTWTh DRSCHR 208 Goldbaum J M

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.

1067 8:00a-12:20p MTWTh DRSCHR 128 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.

4011 5:15p-9:30p MTWTh DRSCHR 128 Arias Young T

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