Dale Fields, Department Chair
Office: CFS 91040
Dr. Margaret Wessling
Office: CFS 91091
Astronomy is both the oldest science, and one of the most rapidly-developing and changing sciences today! While taking an Astronomy class you’ll learn about planets, the Solar System, stars, galaxies, various kinds of matter, and the fate of the Universe. At the same time, you’ll learn how we know all of this. The world is rapidly changing and what is known is also rapidly changing. By learning how we know (in other words, the process of science itself!) you’ll find out how to keep up and keep current in whatever profession you are drawn to.
In Astronomy, you will also find out one of the most important discoveries humans have ever made: even though some celestial processes occur over billions of years and others over billionths of a second; and even though some cosmological components are almost infinitely large and others are almost infinitely small, the Universe is understandable. And not just by people in white lab coats with fancy degrees typing away at computers, but also by You!
The Astronomy program welcomes you to join us. You won’t look at the world the same.
Discipline Adviser: Dr. Dale Fields
Astronomy 1 – 3 Units – The lecture-based introduction to astronomy. 15 Weeks which covers almost everything that has, does, and will exist in the Universe.
Astronomy 2 – 1 Unit – The laboratory companion to Astronomy 1. You’ll find out how astronomers know about this Universe of ours.
Note: Taking both Astronomy 1 and Astronomy 2 or taking Astronomy 3 fulfills your physical science requirements for transfer. Astronomy 2 may be taken either the same semester as Astronomy 1 or in a following semester. For a class closely related to astronomy please consider Physical Science 6: Introduction to the Solar System.
Dr. Dale Fields
Dr. Lee Loveridge
Astronomy Tutoring at the Center for Academic Success (1st floor of Library Building)
Fall 2018 Tutoring Schedule: