|Undergraduate Course Details|
|Prerequisites||MAT110 or permission of the Department Chairperson|
Introduction to topics in modern astronomy. Topics may include the origin and evolution of the solar system; the search for extra-solar planets; the lives and deaths of stars; the structure of the galaxy; modern theories of cosmology; and the search for extraterrestrial life. Emphasis on the latest results in research astronomy, from the perspective of the enthusiastic novice. Required periodic visual observations and visits to the Collins Observatory will supplement lectures. Three lecture hours per week.