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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 Staggs,

Chemistry & Geology (CG-207)