This course provides an introduction to the universe beyond the Earth. We begin with a study
of the night sky and the history of the science of astronomy. We then explore the various
objects seen in the cosmos including the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the evolution of the
As an online course, it is equivalent to 6 lecture hours, and satisfies science
requirements for the AA and AS degree. It is designed to be thorough enough to prepare
you for more advanced work, while presenting the concepts to non-majors in a way that is
meaningful and not overwhelming. We will consider the course a success if you have learned
how to think about the universe critically in an organized, logical way, and to have enhanced
your appreciation of the sky around us.
Unless otherwise specified, this ASTR 101 – Introduction To Astronomy course is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.