Astronomy (ASTR 1100)
This survey course introduces the objects and processes in the universe with particular emphasis on collections of ordinary matter like planets, stars, and galaxies; more exotic matter like pulsars, black holes, and dark matter; their interactions; and the human place in and responsibility to the environment and universe. You will explore stargazing, the scale of our universe, a brief history of astronomy, how astronomers know what they know, our solar system, comparative planetary environments, threats to our environment, the Greenhouse Effect, other solar systems, the birth, life and death of stars, dark matter and dark energy, and the origin and fate of our universe. This course includes two hours of required lab per week, which must be taken on campus.
Background in mathematics is recommended, but not required.
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