Astronomers use the principles of physics and mathematics to answer questions about the fundamental nature of the universe and about celestial bodies such as the sun, moon, planets, and stars. They may apply their knowledge to problems in navigation and space flight.
Astronomy classes are an introduction to astronomy for both science and non-science students. The intent of the courses are to familiarize each student with the terms, tools, and theories of modern astronomy. Topics covered include historical events and discoveries, personalities, and tools, as well as studies of the solar system, stars, galaxies, pulsars, and black holes.
Students who complete Astronomy courses will be able to identify, compare and contrast physical properties of astronomical objects; visualize the general structure and scale of the universe and our place within it; locate, identify and contrast prominent astronomical objects in the night sky; identify and comprehend the purpose of elementary equations used in astronomy and describe the functions; and use of basic astronomical tools.