Astronomy (ASTR)

Courses

ASTR A103 Solar System Astronomy 3 Credits

Introduction to solar system astronomy; emphasis on most recent results from space research. History of astronomy, instruments, planetary motion, physical properties of planets, satellites, comets, and solar system evolution.
Registration Restrictions: High school algebra and trigonometry or equivalent.

Corequisites: ASTR A103L.

Attributes: UAA Natural Sciences GER.

ASTR A103L Solar System Astronomy Laboratory 1 Credit

Introductory astronomy laboratory with experiments in basic observational methods and data analysis applicable to the study of the solar system.
Registration Restrictions: High school algebra and trigonometry or equivalent.

Corequisites: ASTR A103.

Attributes: UAA Natural Sci Lab Only GER.

ASTR A104 Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology 3 Credits

Introduction to solar, stellar, galactic, extragalactic astronomy. Stars, clusters, galaxies, stellar evolution, the universe as a whole, and cosmology.
Registration Restrictions: High school algebra and trigonometry or equivalent.

Corequisites: ASTR A104L.

Attributes: UAA Natural Sciences GER.

ASTR A104L Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology Laboratory 1 Credit

Introductory astronomy laboratory with experiments in basic observational methods and data analysis applicable to the study of the Sun, stellar, galactic, and extragalactic astronomy.
Registration Restrictions: High school algebra and trigonometry or equivalent.

Corequisites: ASTR A104.

Attributes: UAA Natural Sci Lab Only GER.

ASTR A365 Astrobiology 3 Credits

A comprehensive examination of the possibility of the existence of life (microbial and advanced) outside of the Earth, the probability of discovery of extraterrestrial life (methods of planet detection, chemical signatures of microbial life, and contact with advanced life), and the scientific and cultural implications of such a discovery. Includes the study of star and planet formation rates, habitability zones, origin of life, evolution, and formation of intelligence.
Registration Restrictions: Junior standing; completion of all GER Tier 1 (basic college-level skills) courses.
Crosslisted With: BIOL A365

Prerequisites: BIOL A108 and (PHYS A123 or PHYS A211).

Attributes: UAA Integrative Capstone GER.