Spring 2011 Class Schedule (SCC)



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ASTR 310    The Solar System    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 34 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This is a descriptive course treating the nature and evolution of the solar system. Topics will include the origins and characteristics of the planets and their satellites, comets, meteorites, and the sun. Emphasis will be placed on how astronomers gain and refine their knowledge of the Universe and interpret the latest results of planetary exploration. Students enrolled in this class will have the opportunity to attend astronomy related off-campus activities, such as star parties.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
TTh       09:00AM-10:20AM LEC W.Iley               SCC MAIN MOH 1           24470 
Textbook
MW        09:15AM-10:35AM LEC M.Richardson         SCC MAIN MOH 3           26982 Textbook
On-Campus

TTh       05:30PM-06:50PM LEC R.Plutchok           Davis Cntr Davis 103     24474 Textbook
Off-Campus - Davis Center, 1909 Galileo Court, Davis.


ASTR 320    Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 34 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This is a descriptive course treating the nature and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the astronomical theories of the origin and evolution of the universe. Emphasis will be placed on how astronomers gain and refine their knowledge of the universe and interpret the latest results of space exploration. Students enrolled in this class will have the opportunity to attend astronomy related off-campus activities, such as star parties.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
F         09:00AM-12:05PM LEC M.Richardson         SCC MAIN MOH 1           28454 
Textbook
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC F.Newman             SCC MAIN MOH 3           28456 Textbook
On-Campus

MW        02:30PM-03:50PM LEC C.Bratton            Davis Cntr Davis 150     24476 Textbook
Off-Campus - Davis Center, 1909 Galileo Court, Davis.


ASTR 330    Introduction to Astrobiology    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: MATH 34 with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course will investigate the scientific search for life beyond the Earth. Students will investigate the origin and evolution of stars, planets, and life on Earth, also estimating the likelihood of life existing elsewhere in the universe. Students will also study past, present, and planned attempts to communicate with possible alien civilizations in our Galaxy.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
TTh       10:30AM-11:50AM LEC L.McDaid             SCC MAIN MOH 1           25986 
Textbook
On-Campus


ASTR 400    Astronomy Laboratory    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: ASTR 310 or ASTR 320
Advisory: MATH 34 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Description: This course covers astronomical observation with the eye, telescopes, Charged Coupled Device (CCD) cameras, and spectrometers. The analysis and interpretation of astronomical data is emphasized. Students enrolled in this class will have the opportunity to attend astronomy related off-campus activities, such as star parties.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
M         07:30PM-10:45PM LAB L.McDaid             SCC MAIN MOH 5           24478 
Textbook
T         07:30PM-10:35PM LAB L.McDaid             SCC MAIN MOH 5           24480 Textbook
W         07:30PM-10:35PM LAB L.McDaid             SCC MAIN MOH 5           24482 Textbook
On-Campus


ASTR 435    Astronomy Frontiers    3 Units

Prerequisite: ASTR 310 (The Solar System) or 320 (Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology) with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: MATH 34 with a grade of "C" or better.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This is a continuation course for students of ASTR 310 and/or ASTR 320 who want to explore the cutting edge of astronomical research. The topics covered will be based on the latest astronomical discoveries and will include such things as black holes, relativity and warped space-time, dark matter, cosmology, quasars, gravitational waves, and the search for extraterrestrial life. Emphasis will be placed on how astronomers use science to understand the Universe and the provisional nature of science.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 15-May 18
TTh       05:30PM-06:50PM LEC L.McDaid             SCC MAIN MOH 1           30721 
Textbook
On-Campus

Spring 2011 Class Schedule

Updated: May 12, 2011