Professor explaining to students how to look through a telescope

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Many SMC classes require the use of a computer with Internet access to reach class resources and/or to complete assignments and/or take exams. To locate a computer lab on campus go to www.smc.edu/acadcomp and click on the “Labs” link.

Astronomy

Astronomy is a quest to understand the Universe itself. Astronomers study the Solar System, planets, stars, novae, supernovae, brown dwarfs, black holes, galaxies, and space using principles of physics, chemistry and mathematics. It is an attempt to find out what these entities are made of, how they formed, and how they change. Astronomers measure the light from these entities, throughout the entire electromagnetic spectrum, from radio to gamma rays. Astronomy has provided a basis of improvement in such areas as medical imaging, aircraft navigation, and satellite communications. Some of the many career paths that Astronomy majors may embark upon right here in the Los Angeles Area (one of the leading global hubs of the Aerospace Industry) include NASA Research Scientist, University Professor, Space Systems Engineer, Sci/Space/Tech Journalist/Blogger/Podcaster, Science Teacher, Orbital Mechanic, Science Fiction Film Consultant, Planetarium Director, Educational Outreach Specialist, Curriculum Designer, Space Tourism Agent, Public Relations Person, STEM Coordinator, Rocket Launch Analyst, Data Technician, and Optical Instrumentalist.

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.

Course Number:1059 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Balm S P Above section 1059 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1060 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Balm S P Above section 1060 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to 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.

Course Number:1061 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Schwartz M J Above section 1061 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1062 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Schwartz M J Above section 1062 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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.

Course Number:4008 Time:5:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m. MTWTh Location:DRSCHR 128 Instructor:Arias Young T

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).

Course Number:1063 Time:8 a.m.-11:05 a.m. TWTh Location:DRSCHR 128 Instructor:Salama A H

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