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The Astronomy curriculum introduces students to basic topics such as the characteristics of the Solar System, the nature of the sun and other stars, the galaxy we exist in, its extent and evolution.

Several different level courses are presented in a multimode instructional fashion--for example, multi-media, planetarium presentations and laboratory and field experiences. Special emphasis is placed on the understanding of observable celestial phenomena and events familiar to the individual’s natural environment. The program is not designed to prepare students for Astronomy majors and does not presume extensive backgrounds in science and mathematics.

For more information, please visit the unofficial Astronomy web pages.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge and skill in Observational Astronomy, showing that they can correlate the observable sky to events in the cosmos.
  • Students will explain their knowledge and skill in Celestial Navigation, evaluating the significance of important astronomical phenomena.
  • Students will operate a variety of Optical Systems, demonstrating proficiency in their use.
  • Students will use various Imaging Systems to produce high quality image data products, demonstrating overall mastery of image reduction skills.
  • Students analyze basic science and core physics, to discover how they apply to astronomy.
  • Students will use concepts from planetary astronomy to investigate the types of different planetary classes and other objects in the solar system.
  • Students will develop an understanding of solar physics - the sun's method of energy production, its anatomy, solar phenomena, and life history.
  • Students will relate core concepts in basic science to stellar astronomy, assessing the various factors that are important to stellar evolution.
  • Students will synthesize information from various sources (classroom instruction, online resources, etc) to produce a coherent understanding of galactic/extragalactic astronomy.
  • Students will evaluate concepts in cosmology, relating concepts in underlying physics and observations to scientific frameworks of our universe's formation and evolution.
  • Students will critique new findings in the frontiers of astrophysics, assessing and appraising their conceptual frameworks.
  • Students will investigate astrobiology, and relate concepts of life, evolution, and the universe to what can be observed.

Contact

  • Image Location: V 211
  • V 211
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    F: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • (916) 660-7900
  • (916) 630-4542

David Dunn Astronomy Instructor

  • St 2
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

David Kenyon Instructor, Astronomy

  • V 204
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Ronald Olson Part-time Instructor, Astronomy

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Aubrey "Chuck" Pullen Part-time Instructor, Astronomy

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Barry Rice Instructor, Astronomy

  • V 322 B
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Earl "Kris" Syversen Laboratory Technician, Astronomy

  • V 315 D
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Joshua Wormly Part-time Instructor, Astronomy

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Gunes Kaplan Part-time Instructor, Tahoe/Truckee Campus, Astronomy

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