AST 123 (3-0-3)
This course examines present and future methods of space exploration. Topics include
the basic science, instruments, technology, dangers, benefits, costs, and practical
and political importance of space exploration. Discussion topics include space stations,
moon colonies, manned missions from Mercury through Apollo, and current international
AST 125 (3-0-3)
This course introduces students to the modern exploration of the solar system. Topics
include the evolution and characteristics of the major planets, moons, and numerous
minor planets of the solar system. Other topics include solar and lunar eclipses,
seasons, lunar phases and astronomical folklore, and comparisons to recently discovered
AST 127 (3-0-3)
This course introduces students to the scientific study of the cosmic system. Emphasis
is placed on the evolution, life-cycle, and characteristics of the stars and galaxies.
Information from recent discoveries by the space-based telescope and other 21st century
telescopes is presented. Other topics include constellation identification, life in
the universe, and current theories of cosmology.