PHYS 270 - Astronomy3-4 hours Topics include the history of astronomy, basic optics, telescopes, and spectroscopy. The science of our solar system will be discussed with emphasis on geology and atmospheric sciences. Other topics will include the birth and death of stars including discussions of black holes. Contemporary topics such as dark matter, the expansion of the universe, and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence will also be covered. To satisfy the laboratory component, students must enroll for four semester hours and attend the laboratory section.Listed also as NSC 270 .
Prerequisite(s): MATH 130 with a grade of C or higher.This course will satisfy the natural sciences core area requirement.