Academic Catalogs

Astronomy (ASTR)

ASTR A1003 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Astronomy  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Introduction to the origin, evolution and structure of the solar system, stars, galaxies and the Universe. Milestones in the science of astronomy from ancient times to the space age. Historical development of astronomical ideas leading to current models. Special focus on the latest discoveries from both ground- and space-based instruments. Consideration of current controversies in astronomy and the future of astronomical research. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Lecture.

ASTR A100H3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Astronomy Honors  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Introduction to the origin, evolution and structure of the solar system, stars, galaxies and the universe. Milestones in the science of astronomy from ancient times to the space age. Historical development of astronomical ideas leading to current models. Special focus on the latest discoveries from both ground- and space-based instruments. Consideration of current controversies in astronomy and the future of astronomical research. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Lecture.

ASTR A100L1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory  
Prerequisite(s): ASTR A100, ASTR A100H, ASTR A101, ASTR A102, ASTR A103 or ASTR A104, or concurrent enrollment.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

A laboratory course designed for non-science majors. It will provide practical experience with the scientific method through outdoor astronomical observations and indoor analysis of experimental data. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Lab.

ASTR A100M1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory Honors  
Prerequisite(s): ASTR A100, ASTR A100H, ASTR A101, ASTR A102, ASTR A103 or ASTR A104, or concurrent enrollment.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

A laboratory course designed for non-science majors. It will provide practical experience with the scientific method through outdoor astronomical observations and indoor analysis of experimental data. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

ASTR A1013 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Planetary Astronomy  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An introduction to the current solar system. A comparative study will be made of the planets and their satellites, dwarf planets, asteroids, and interplanetary debris. An overview of the formation, evolution and structure of the solar nebula will be presented. Current topics on interplanetary missions, extrasolar planets, and extraterrestrial life will be discussed. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Lecture.

ASTR A1023 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Stellar Astronomy  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

A detailed study of the formation, structure, and evolution of the sun and stars, including an overview of binary systems, variable stars, supernovae, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes, and other stellar phenomena. A survey of particle physics and special and general relativity will also be included. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Lecture.

ASTR A1033 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Cosmology  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An introduction to the origin and evolution of the Universe with emphasis on the cosmological models. Types of galaxies and their distribution in the universe, gravitational lensing, dark matter, and dark energy will be examined. An overview of particle physics and special and general relativity will be included. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Lecture.

ASTR A1043 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Galactic Astronomy  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An overview of the origin, structure, and dynamical nature of the Milky Way. An emphasis on the different types of galaxies and their evolution through time. Observational techniques used to study galaxies and the evidence for supermassive black holes, quasars, and dark matter. May be taken for grades or on a pass/no-pass basis. Lecture.

ASTR A1102 Units (18 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Observational Astronomy  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An introduction to the methods and techniques of observational astronomy, telescope principles, and operations as applied to public viewing of astronomical phenomena. This course is designed for students to operate the telescopes and assist the public in observing objects in the night sky. May include field trips to nearby observatories, planetaria, and public science facilities. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

ASTR A2004 Units (72 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Astrophysics  
Prerequisite(s): PHYS A185 or PHYS A185H.
Advisory: PHYS A285.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

An introduction to astrophysics for science students. Emphasis on applying physical principles to gain a quantitative understanding of astrophysical phenomena. Topics covered include celestial mechanics; electromagnetic radiation; spectroscopy; stellar structure, evolution, and remnants; galaxies; and cosmology. Transfer Status: CSU, UC.

ASTR A200H4 Units (72 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Astrophysics Honors  
Prerequisite(s): PHYS A185 or PHYS A185H.
Advisory: PHYS A285.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An introduction to astrophysics for science students. Emphasis on applying physical principles to gain a quantitative understanding of astrophysical phenomena. Topics covered include celestial mechanics; electromagnetic radiation; spectroscopy; stellar structure, evolution, and remnants; galaxies; and cosmology.