Skip to content

Explore Your Future!

We offer what you need to achieve success. Come explore and find out why so many students have decided to call one of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District the pathway to their future.

Not sure where to start? Our Career Assessment Tool can help.

 
Close
Hours
1819 N. Main St.
San Antonio TX, 78212
210-486-0559
Vertical_Bar
Close

What is the Astronomy program? 

Astronomy is the study of objects and matter outside the earth's atmosphere and of their physical and chemical properties.

What will I learn? 

Astronomy students learn about the scale, contents, and rules governing the Solar System, Galaxy, and the Universe.  Topics include stellar, galactic and extra-galactic astronomy such as celestial coordinates, light and telescopes, stars, the Milky Way, external galaxies, cosmology, and dark matter. Solar system topics include the origin and evolution of our solar system, including Newton’s and Kepler’s Laws, planetary atmospheres, surface processes (including impact cratering, volcanism, and plate tectonics), rings, moons, asteroids, and comets.  Lab investigations include planetary, lunar, and solar observations with telescopes and/or the naked eye; measurements of the gravitational constant, gravitational acceleration, and the speed of light; analysis of spectra and spacecraft images; and impact cratering simulations, stellar positions, solar heating, planetary motions, solar and astrophotography, star clusters, galaxies, and cosmology.

What can I do with this course of study? 

Astronomy courses fulfill the science core curriculum requirements.  Courses that are currently offered are intended for non-science majors.

What's special about program? 

Astronomy students may use the department's telescopes and class visits to the Scobee Planetarium may be held.  The unit is housed in the Chemistry-Geology building adjacent to the planetarium

Contact Information

Dr. Teanna M. Staggs
Department Chair/Professor
Natural Sciences Department

San Antonio College
1819 N. Main Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212-3941
210-486-0840 or 0045 Departmental Office

tstaggs@alamo.edu
http://www.biology-university.org/

Biology Program Coordinator
Dan Hansen
dhansen@alamo.edu
486-0845

Chemistry Program Coordinator
John Paparelli
jpaparelli@alamo.edu
486-0056

Natural Sciences Academic Unit Assistant
Corina Canizales
ccanizales@alamo.edu
210-486-0840

Biology Administrative Assistant
Natalia Carrazco

Chem/Astr/ES Administrative Assistant
Deborah Dye
ddye5@alamo.edu
210-486-0045