Fall 2018 Class Schedule (ARC)



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ASTR 300    Introduction to Astronomy    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 100, 104 or 132 with a grade of "C" or better, AND eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course covers topics in modern planetary and stellar astronomy, such as dwarf, jovian, terrestrial, and extrasolar planets and the life cycle of stars, black holes, and supernovae. It also includes topics on cosmology and galactic astronomy, such as dark matter, dark energy, the Big Bang, and the expansion of the Universe.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 25-Dec 20

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ASTR 320    Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 100, 104 or 132 with a grade of "C" or better, AND eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course explores the nature and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Topics include the history of astronomy, the tools of astronomy, star classification, stellar evolution, neutron stars, black holes, and the Big Bang. Emphasis is placed on how astronomers gain and refine their knowledge of the Universe and interpret the latest results of space exploration.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 25-Dec 20

MW03:00PM-04:20PMLECP.AfonsoARC MAIN Tech Ed 30511659Textbook

ASTR 330    Introduction to Astrobiology    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 100, 104 or 132 with a grade of "C" or better, AND eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course explores the possibilities of life beyond Earth and what can we learn from terrestrial life forms surviving in extreme conditions. Topics include the origin, biology, and evolution of life on Earth, habitability and interior energy sources of Earth and other planets in the solar system, the likelihood of life existing on other planets or moons within our solar system, attempts to locate life within our solar system, and attempts to communicate with intelligent life in other parts of the galaxy.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 25-Dec 20

TTh03:00PM-04:20PMLECP.AfonsoARC MAIN Tech Ed 31211481Textbook

ASTR 481    Honors Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology    4 Units

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.
Advisory: MATH 100, 104, or 132 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB
Description: This seminar-style course is an in-depth introduction to astronomy, focusing on stars, galaxies, and cosmology. It approaches current topics in astronomy through class discussion and laboratory activities, with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving techniques, and conceptual reasoning.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 25-Dec 20

MW05:30PM-06:50PMLECP.AfonsoARC MAIN Tech Ed 30512763Textbook
M07:00PM-10:15PMLABP.AfonsoARC MAIN Tech Ed 305

ASTR 495    Independent Studies in Astronomy    1-3 Units

Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 162 hours LAB
Description: Independent Study is an opportunity for the student to extend classroom experience in this subject, while working independently of a formal classroom situation. Independent study is an extension of work offered in a specific class in the college catalog. To be eligible for independent study, students must have completed the basic regular catalog course at American River College. They must also discuss the study with a professor in this subject and secure approval. Only one independent study for each catalog course will be allowed.

Schedule: Full Term, Aug 25-Dec 20

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Fall 2018 Class Schedule

Updated: June 20, 2018