Undergraduate General Education (GE) & Non-Majors Courses

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

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).

GE nat sci phys course. This course also satisfies the GE requirements for the BS degree.

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


Astronomy 1140

Planets and the Solar System

Physical 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: Math 1050 (075) or 102, or Math Placement Level R, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 2291 (291), 161, or 171.

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


Astronomy 1141

Life in the Universe

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

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

Prerequisites: Math 1050 (075). 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

Description 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

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

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


 

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