A100 The Solar System (3 cr.)
Celestial sphere and constellations, measurement of time, astronomical instruments, Earth as a planet, moons, eclipses, planets and their satellites, comets, meteors, theories of origin of solar system.
A105 Stellar Astronomy (3 cr.)
The sun as a star, physical properties of stars, principles of spectroscopy as applied to astronomy, double stars, variable stars, star clusters, gaseous nebulae, stellar motions and distribution, Milky Way system, expanding universe, cosmic time scale.
A150 Introductory Astronomy Lab (1 cr.)
Note: This course may not be used to fulfill the B.A. degree distribution requirement of a laboratory science. The observation of selected celestial objects using astronomical binoculars and telescopes. Astronomical data will be gathered and plotted by the student using auxiliary equipment installed on the telescopes. May be repeated not to exceed a total of 3 credit hours with consent of instructor.
A151 Introductory Astronomy Research Lab (2 cr.)
Note: This course may be used to fulfill the B.A. distribution requirement of a laboratory science. Research projects include gathering and measuring data obtained from planets, variable stars, and deep-sky objects. Measurements made using optical telescopes, cameras, photoelectric photometer, charge-coupled device, and radio telescope. Also, simple problem-solving exercises in stellar and planetary astronomy.