Spring 2015 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, Jan 17-May 20
MW        01:00PM-02:20PM LEC P.Afonso             ARC MAIN Science 420     12677 
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MW        08:00PM-09:20PM LEC L.Lege               Off Campus Natomas N201  12727 Textbook



TBA       TBA             LEC S.Young              ARC MAIN Online          11933 Textbook
Online Orientation
For further information about the course requirements, please visit the course website at www.arc.losrios.edu/online


ASTR 310    The Solar System    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 the solar system. Topics include the night-time sky, the history of astronomy, the tools of astronomy, and the origins and characteristics of planets, their satellites, and other components of the solar system. Emphasis is placed on how astronomers gain and refine their knowledge of the Universe and interpret the latest results of planetary exploration.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
TTh       03:30PM-04:50PM LEC P.Afonso             ARC MAIN Tech Ed 305     13011 
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TTh       11:00AM-12:20PM LEC P.Afonso             Off Campus Natomas N201  13326 Textbook


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, Jan 17-May 20
MW        04:20PM-05:40PM LEC P.Afonso             ARC MAIN Tech Ed 305     12569 
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ASTR 400    Astronomy Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: ASTR 300, 310, 320, or 330
General Education: CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course covers the practical use of a telescope for visual observation of astronomical objects and the analysis of astronomical data. Topics may include constellation identification, stellar spectroscopy, solar and lunar observations, radio-physics and radio-astronomy, image analysis, measuring the properties of stars, and determining the age of the Universe. Night-time on-campus field trips are required.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 17-May 20
T         07:00PM-10:05PM LAB L.Lege               ARC MAIN Tech Ed 305     11212 
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Th        07:00PM-10:05PM LAB L.Lege               ARC MAIN Tech Ed 305     13305 Textbook


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, Jan 17-May 20
TBA       TBA             LAB P.Afonso              TBA TBA                 19163 
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Spring 2015 Class Schedule

Updated: May 5, 2015