Astronomy (AST)

AST 203 Conceptual Astronomy 3

Introductory study of astronomy including planets, the Sun, stars, galaxies, and cosmology.

LEC: GPS

Notes: No student may receive credit for both this course and either AST 209 or AST 235.

AST 209 Astronomy: The Solar System 3

Introductory study of the solar system. Sun and planets studied with special attention to results of recent planetary exploration. Telescopic and naked-eye observations of the constellations and planets. AST 209 intended to complement AST 235, although each course is independent of the other. No science or math background beyond the level of high school algebra required.

GE Core: GNS

LEC: GPS

Notes: No student may receive credit for both this course and AST 203.

AST 235 Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies 3

Introduction to stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Emphasis on conceptual approach to such topics as the evolution of stars, the formation of galaxies, interstellar communication, and the Big Bang. Sky observations utilizing the UNCG telescopes included. AST 235 intended to complement AST 209, although each course is independent of the other. No science or math background beyond the level of high school algebra required.

GE Core: GNS

LEC: GPS

Notes: No student may receive credit for both this course and AST 203.

AST 609 Solar System Astronomy for Teachers 3

Basic concepts of planetary astronomy are introduced, including atmospheres, geology, and observing. High school mathematics is utilized. Teaching materials and strategies are developed.

AST 635 Stars and Galaxies for Teachers 3

Basic concepts of stellar and galactic astronomy are introduced, including stellar evolution, galaxies, and cosmology. High school mathematics is utilized. Teaching materials and strategies are developed.