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The Astronomy curriculum introduces students to basic topics such as the characteristics of the Solar System, the nature of the sun and other stars, the galaxy we exist in, its extent and evolution.

Several different level courses are presented in a multimode instructional fashion--for example, multi-media, planetarium presentations and laboratory and field experiences. Special emphasis is placed on the understanding of observable celestial phenomena and events familiar to the individual’s natural environment. The program is not designed to prepare students for Astronomy majors and does not presume extensive backgrounds in science and mathematics.

For more information, please visit the unofficial Astronomy web pages.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in Observational Astronomy, correlating the observable sky to events in the cosmos.
  • Explain knowledge and skill in Celestial Navigation, evaluating the significance of important astronomical phenomena.
  • Operate a variety of Optical Systems, demonstrating proficiency in their use.
  • Use various Imaging Systems to produce high-quality image data products, demonstrating overall mastery of image reduction skills.
  • Analyze basic science and core physics, to discover how they apply to astronomy.
  • Use concepts from planetary astronomy to investigate the types of different planetary classes and other objects in the solar system.
  • Develop an understanding of solar physics - the sun's method of energy production, its anatomy, solar phenomena, and life history.
  • Relate core concepts in basic science to stellar astronomy, assessing the various factors that are important to stellar evolution.
  • Synthesize information from various sources (classroom instruction, online resources, etc.) to produce a coherent understanding of galactic/extragalactic astronomy.
  • Evaluate concepts in cosmology, relating concepts in underlying physics and observations to scientific frameworks of our universe's formation and evolution.
  • Critique new findings in the frontiers of astrophysics, assessing and appraising their conceptual frameworks.
  • Investigate astrobiology, and relate concepts of life, evolution, and the universe to what can be observed.

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Alvaro Demarzi Part-time Instructor, Astronomy, NCC

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Aubrey "Chuck" Pullen Part-time Instructor, Astronomy

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Barry Rice Professor, Astronomy

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Daniel Hale Part-time Instructor, Astronomy

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David Dunn Astronomy Instructor

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Earl "Kris" Syversen Instructional Assistant, Astronomy

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Joshua Wormley Part-time Instructor, Astronomy

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Nancy Montague-Archer Part-time Instructor, Astronomy

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Barry Mingst Part-time Instructor, Astronomy

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