Introductory astronomy course with an emphasis on the development of the cosmos and its components. The origin, evolution, and final state of our physical universe. Properties, formation, and evolution of our galaxy and other galaxies, the sun and other stars, and our solar system. Extrasolar planets and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe.
PREREQ: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ASTR 1 or 14 or 17 or 18 or 19
Through direct investigation, students will examine the motion and appearance of the night sky, characterize and classify astronomical objects such as planets, moons, stars, nebulae, and galaxies, and become familiar with modern observational tools and techniques.
ADVISE: MATH 30 and ENGL 88 or ESL 188
Methods and practice of planetary science and its impact on humanity. Fundamental physical sciences for understanding the origin and evolution of planetary systems. Comparative examination of planetary attributes including atmospheres, geospheres, magnetospheres, and hydrospheres. Solar System and extra-solar planetary systems and life-bearing possibilities. Detailed planetary information revealed by space missions.
Introduction to stars and stellar systems, including their apparent motions and their use in navigation. Observations and theories regarding stars as the primary producers of energy in the universe and of the chemical elements necessary for life. Evolution of stars and their impact within galaxies and on planets.
Introduction to cosmology, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, with a focus on basic questions of existence: Where do we come from and what is our fate? Covers the universe's origin, evolution, fate, expansion and acceleration, cosmological models explaining these, large scale structure, dark matter and dark energy, properties and phenomena of galaxies, including the Milky Way and active galactic nuclei.
The origin and evolution of life on Earth and the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe. Applying the disciplines of astronomy, biology, and planetary science, students study the chemical and biological basis for life, limits of life on Earth, and techniques used to search for life beyond Earth.