ASTR1301 Astronomy Lab

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Goal 3 - Natural Sciences. This is an introductory astronomy lab course designed for non-science majors. It can be taken by itself as a stand-alone course or in conjunction with an Astronomy course. In this course students will learn about the constellations, stars, telescopes, instruments and measurements astronomers make to determine the distances to the stars and planetary bodies. This laboratory course will focus on gaining an understanding of the instruments, observations, measurements, and calculations used by astronomers to determine the properties of astronomical objects and the distances to these astronomical objects.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct experiments to test hypotheses and mathematical formulas.
  • Use appropriate computer technology and software to perform experiments,
    perform analysis, and prepare reports.
  • Identify diverse asterisms, planets, and starts and learn how to discover astronomical objects in the sky.
  • Verify theoretical astronomical concepts through practical investigation.
  • Communicate astronomical theory, experimental results and real-world
    applications of astronomical concepts and laws.
  • Demonstrate cooperative learning skills.


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

1 credit: 0 lecture / presentation, 1 lab, 0 other