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ASTR 100 INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Survey of modern astronomy; study of what mankind knows about the universe and our place in it; including the Earth-Moon system, planets and the Solar System, extrasolar planetary systems, the birth and death of stars, the Milky Way galaxy, and Cosmology. Emphasis is also placed on how astronomers learn about the universe, such as the nature of light, telescopes, and the scientific method. Transfer: CSU: B1, UC. (IGETC: 5A)

ASTR 101 ASTRONOMY LABORATORY

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: 48-54 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): MATH 110 or equivalent, AND completion of, or concurrent enrollment in ASTR 100, 115 or 125 (ASTR 115 and 125 are offered at College of San Mateo).

Description: Introduces techniques of investigation and problem solving in astronomy as a means to understanding man's place in the universe. The identification of constellations, planets, stars and features of the moon; the use of a telescope to locate and identify double stars, galaxies, clusters, and nebulae; the use of astronomical computer software to help locate and demonstrate the movement of astronomical objects is covered. Transfer: CSU: B3 (only if ASTR 100 is completed prior to or concurrently with ASTR 101), UC. (IGETC: 5C*)

ASTR 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units (Grade Option) 0.5-3; Class Hours: By Arrangement; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline. Transfer: CSU.