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2016-2017 Catalog Year
AST-109: Planetary Astronomy

General Information

  • Name: Planetary Astronomy
  • Discipline: Astronomy
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: MATH 120, MATH 126 or higher or consent of instructor

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Offers a descriptive introduction to current concepts of the solar system, modern observational techniques, and their results. Utilizes telescopes and observatory facilities. Includes four laboratory experiences.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:

  1. Demonstrate working knowledge of key concepts and principles that characterize the physical properties and features of planets, moons, and the sun. (GE 1)
  2. Present accurate calculations related to fundamental astronomical problems. (GE 3)
  3. Locate, evaluate, and appropriately use information from multiple resources to complete activities related to the historical evolution of the science of astronomy. (GE 4)
  4. Recognize extrasolar planetary bodies and extend comparative planetology to planets well beyond our solar system.
  5. Identify some seasonal constellations and learn to use a telescope.

Scheduled AST-109 classes:

Fall 2016