ASTR1300 Astronomy

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Goal 3 - Natural Sciences. This is an introductory astronomy course designed for non-science majors students. It emphasizes the physical sciences of astronomy and covers the history of astronomy, properties of light, telescopes, formation of the solar systems, Steller configuration, Steller evolution, quasars, dark matter, galactic structure, and galactic evolution.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Describe fundamental physical principles and laws of astronomy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of measurement techniques used in contemporary
  • Define various astronomical objects including planets, dwarf planets,
    plutinos, plutoids, nebula, asteroids, comets, and black holes.
  • Describe lunar phases, eclipses, and the reasons for the seasons.
  • Label various positions of planets in planetary configuration.
  • Explain three Kepler's laws of planetary motion.
  • Outline the different portion of electromagnetic spectrum based on
    wavelength, frequency, and energy.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the theory of solar system and stellar
    system formation and evolution.
  • Distinguish the physical properties of the planets of our solar
  • Identify different segments of star classification on Hertzsprung -
    Russel (H-R) diagram.
  • Distinguish between plants and dwarf planets, reflection telescopes and
    refraction telescopes, putinos and plutoids and retrograde motion and prograde motion.
  • Explain the importance of Hubble's Law.


Please see eServices for section availability and current pre-req/test score requirements for this course.

3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other