Astronomy

AST 122 Introductory Astronomy 4 SH
This course is designed for non-science majors, covering current frontiers of astronomy and providing a general but firm background in astronomy. Laboratory work emphasizes the techniques of obtaining observational data and analyses and the use of the planetarium. May not be taken for credit by those having taken AST 150. Every semester. (3 hrs lecture - 2 hrs laboratory) General Education: Lab Science.

AST 126 Navigation and Nautical Astronomy 4 SH
The course emphasizes spherical astronomy, planetary motion, position and time measuring. Topics include navigation and piloting, the use of navigational instruments and charts, satellite and space navigation and space travel. (3 hrs lecture - 2 hrs laboratory) General Education: Lab Science.

AST/ENV 134 Extraterrestrial Environments and Intelligence 4 SH
This course deals with the origins, nature and definitions of life, internal and external factors (especially astronomical factors) that may affect earth's environment, evidence for planetary systems around other stars, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). This course should be attractive to both non-science and science students. (3 hrs lecture - 2 hrs laboratory) General Education: Lab Science.

AST 150 General Astronomy 4 SH
A one-semester course for science and mathematics students, introducing the fundamentals of astronomy. Topics covered include solar system, stellar structure, galaxies and cosmology. A knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and high school physics will be assumed. Required for astronomy option: BA in earth and planetary sciences and minor in Astronomy. (3 hrs lecture - 2 hrs laboratory) General Education: Lab Science.

AST 231 Solar and Planetary Astronomy 4 SH
This course deals with recent information about the surfaces, atmospheres, interiors and evolution of the sun, planets and other bodies in our solar system. Students will explore how the information was obtained and the theories with which it has been interpreted. Emphasis is given to the solar-terrestrial connection, the solar nebula theory, and the discipline of comparative planetology. Prerequisite: AST 150 and MAT 181. Required for astronomy option: BA in earth and planetary sciences and minor in astronomy. (3 hrs lecture - 2 hrs laboratory) General Education: Lab Science.

AST 298 Faculty Developed Study 1-6 SH

AST 299 Student Developed Study 1-6 SH

AST 331 Astronomical Observation and Analysis 4 SH
In this course, students are introduced to the theories, instruments and methods such as motion, chemical composition, surface gravity and temperature through which astronomers determine information about stars and planets. A unique and major component of this course will be hands-on work by the students; they will analyze astronomical data which they themselves obtain, using instrumentation at the WCSU Westside and Midtown observatories. Prerequisite: AST 150 and MAT 181. (3 hrs lecture - 2 hrs laboratory) General Education: Lab Science.

AST/PHY 405 Astrophysics 4 SH
This course uses the disciplines of astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics to investigate the physical nature and evolutionary processes of stars, including solar and stellar interiors and the atomic and molecular properties of stellar atmospheres. Prerequisite: AST 150, MAT 182 and PHY 111. (3 hrs lecture - 3 hrs laboratory) General Education: Lab Science.

AST 450 Senior Research 4 SH
Open to senior astronomy majors only, this course will consist of an individual research project designed to give experience in data gathering, reduction and analysis. The use of modern astronomical instruments and image reduction and analysis facilities will be emphasized. Prerequisite: AST 150 and 331. General Education: Lab Science.

AST 490 Advanced Topics 4 SH
The content of this course may vary depending on the interests of students. Aspects of astronomy not covered in AST 200 level and higher will be introduced. Prerequisite: AST 150, MAT 182 and PHY 110-1. General Education: Lab Science.


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