Undergraduate General Education (GE) & Non-Majors Courses

The Astronomy Department offers a wide range of courses designed for the non-major interested in learning about the latest advances in Astronomy.  All of these courses satisfy the General Education (GE) natural sciences physical sciences course requirement.  One of these, Astronomy 1101, also satisfies the GE NatSci Phys requirement with a Lab.

Please read Which astronomy course should you take? for a detailed description of the scope and intended audiences for each of these courses.


Astronomy 1101: From Planets to the Cosmos

OSU Astronomy Colloquium (Image Source: NASA)Overview of the Copernican revolution, the discovery of the nature of our solar system, light, gravity, and planets around other stars; the nature and evolution of stars and origin of the chemical elements; the history of galaxies and the expanding universe. Weekly laboratory. Not recommended for students who plan to major in astronomy or physics.

Prerequisites: Math 1050 (075) or 102, or an ACT math subscore of 22 or higher that is less than two years old, or Math Placement R or higher; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 1140, 1144, 1161H (H161), 1162H (H162), 2161H, 2162H, 2291 (291), or 2292 (292).

This 4-unit course has a required 1-unit lab section that all students must enroll in.

Astronomy 1102 is an online version of this course without a laboratory section.


Astronomy 1140: Planets and the Solar System

The Solar SystemPhysical nature of the Sun and its family of planets, satellites, comets and minor bodies; gravitation, light, and telescopes. Not recommended for students who plan to continue in astronomy or physics.

Prerequisites: ACT Math Subscore of 22 or higher, or Math Placement Level R or better, or Math 1050 (075) or 102, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 1161 (161), 1161H (161H), 2291 (291), or 171.

This course is available for EM credit. GE nat sci phys course. NS Admis Cond course.


Astronomy 1141: Life in the Universe

Life in the Universe (Image: NASA Origins Program)Potential for life elsewhere in the universe, based on discovery of extra-solar planets and the nature of life on Earth; Search strategies for such life.

Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for 141.

This course is available for EM credit. GE nat sci phys course. NS Admis Cond course.


Astronomy 1142: Black Holes

Black HoleThe nature, formation, and discovery of black holes in the Universe.

Prerequisites: ACT Math Subscore of 22 or higher, or Math Placement Level R or better, or Math 1050 (075), or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 142.

This course is available for EM credit. GE nat sci phys course. NS Admis Cond course.


Astronomy 1143: Cosmology: History of the Universe

SDSS Sky Survey SlicesDescription of the history of the Universe from the Big Bang to the present; how observations led to the discovery of this history.

Prerequisites: Not open to students with credit for 2292 (292) or 1162 (162) or 143 or 172.

This course is available for EM credit. GE nat sci phys course. NS Admis Cond course.


Astronomy 1144: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

Stars (NASA Hubble Space Telescope)Structure, motions, and evolution of stars, interstellar material, galaxies, and the universe as a whole. Not recommended for students who plan to continue in astronomy or physics.

Prerequisites: ACT Math Subscore of 22 or higher, or Math Placement Level R or better, or Math 1050 (075), 102, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 2292 (292), 1162 (162), 1162H (162H), or 172.

This course is available for EM credit. GE nat sci phys course. NS Admis Cond course.


Astronomy 1221: Astronomy Data Analysis

Big Data in AstronomyNEW COURSE STARTING SPRING 2019!

Overview of data analysis in astronomy, taught with the Python programming language. The course will combine select topics in modern astronomy with contemporary data analysis methods. No prior experience with astronomy or python necessary.

Pre- or co-requisites: Math 1141, 1151, or 1161.

GE nat sci phys course. NS Admis Cond course.


 

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