ASTR& 101 Introduction to Astronomy • 6 Cr.


A general, non-math survey of topics in astronomy, including history, solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. Includes a weekly lab. Either ASTR& 100 (prev ASTR 101) or ASTR& 101 (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.
  • Identify accepted steps and proper methodology in scientific inquiry, and use this methodology to reach appropriate conclusion in lab exercises.