Astronomy 1, 14, 16, 17, and 18 satisfy the Area C: Natural Sciences requirement for a CCSF Associates Degree.

Astronomy 1, 16, 17, 18 and 20 are IGETC certified.

Classes with CSU and/or UC notation may be applicable towards transfer credits to California State Universities and/or Universities of California.

Please consult with an advisor or review current articulation agreements for information specific to your major or transfer school.


ASTR 1: Cosmic Evolution(3) Lec-3

No mathematics background required. The origin and evolution of the universe of galaxies, stars, planets, and life. Knowledge of stellar properties and evolution coupled with study of the origin and evolution of planets, life, and intelligence to estimate the possibilities of intelligence elsewhere in the galaxy. Problems of communication with extraterrestrial civilization. Conceptual understanding of the universe. CSU/UC

ASTR 12: Celestial Navigation (3) Lec-3

An introduction to the theory and practice of celestial navigation and piloting, emphasizing the use of the pocket calculator. Use of the sextant and other navigation equipment under realistic conditions at the college observatory and in the college planetarium. CSU

ASTR 14: Exploring the Universe (3) Lec-3

Designed for students who have not completed ASTR 1, 17, 18, or 20 with a final grade of C or higher. A planetarium-oriented non-math course stressing the observational universe. The universe as seen through the use of telescopes, models, space probes, and other visual aids. The great ideas of ancient and modern astronomy. Fundamental ideas in the physical sciences appropriate to understanding the structure of the universe and the origin of life. CSU

ASTR 16: Observational Astronomy (1) Lab-3

Advise: Completion/concurrent enrollment in ASTR 1, 14, 17, or 20.

Constellation study and star identification, both in the planetarium and under the sky; usage of star finder with star atlas and other sources of information on current aspects of the heavens, including the annual almanac and celestial sphere. Set-up and use of telescopes in the observatory, evaluation and testing of telescopes power and performance, using a wide assortment of accessories, including a CCD camera. CSU/UC

ASTR 17: Solar System (3) Lec-3

A general introduction to planetary astronomy and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Emphasis on the history and present characteristics of the planets in our solar system, analysis of the life-support possibilities of the known planets, and the general problem of the origin and probable characteristics of other planetary systems. Recent advances in earth-based and spacecraft research and the challenges of interplanetary and interstellar communication. CSU/UC

ASTR 18: Stars (3) Lec-3

A general introduction to the characteristics and evolution of stars, the principal producers of energy in the universe. The history, current properties, and future of the sun as a basis for comparison with characteristics of other stars in our galaxy. Energy production by nuclear reactions, synthesis of the elements, and consequences of stellar explosions treated in the context of the physical history of the universe. CSU/UC

ASTR 20: Intro to Astrophysics (4) Lec/Con-4

PREREQ: ASTR 1, 14, or 16.

Designed for students who desire an astronomy course more advanced than the general survey course. Emphasis is on the current state of theoretical astrophysics and research astronomy. An opportunity for students to pursue independent research projects or to develop teaching aids for astronomy. The college planetarium and observatory, including the Celestron 14 inch telescope, a CCD camera, and fiber-optic spectrograph are available for the student. CSU/UC

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