Astronomy – sci151 (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to the science of astronomy, utilizing current concepts of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe. In addition, historical developments in astronomy from ancient mythology to modern science will be covered.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

The Large Scale Universe

  • Describe the structure of the Milky Way galaxy.
  • Describe the foundation of modern cosmology.
  • Explain the Big Bang model.
  • Identify the importance of dark matter and dark energy.

Life in the Universe

  • Assess the possibilities of extraterrestrial life in the universe.
  • Explain the emergence and evolution of life on Earth.

Introduction to the Science of Astronomy

  • Describe the development of the science of astronomy.
  • Describe the universe from Earth’s perspective.
  • Explain the physical laws that govern the universe.

The Solar System

  • Explain how solar systems form.
  • Describe the celestial bodies in our solar system.
  • Compare our solar system model to newly discovered exoplanetary systems.


  • Describe the importance of light to astronomers.
  • Explain how telescopes enhance our vision of the universe using all frequencies of light.
  • Summarize the lifecycles of stars.
  • Explain the nature and properties of the Sun and stars.

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