ASTR& 100 Survey of Astronomy • 5 Cr.


Offers a general survey of astronomy, including the moon, planets, solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Non-mathematical approach. Classes meet in the planetarium. Either ASTR& 100 (prev ASTR 101) or ASTR& 101 (prev ASTR 105) may be taken for credit, not both.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe and explain historic milestones in the development of astronomy, including the instruments and scientific techniques astronomers have used.
    Describe and explain naked-eye objects and phenomena commonly observable in our sky.
    Describe the key features, patterns, and natural events that occur in the Solar System, including theories of its origin and evolution.
    Define and describe the relationships of individual elements -- including atoms, planets, living organisms, stars, and galaxies -- to each other and within the context of the universe's scale, explaining how these relationships have changed from the universe's origin throughout its evolution..
    Correctly identify accepted steps and proper methodology in scientific inquiry.