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.