Name:Dr. Margaret Wessling
Office: CFS 91091
Welcome to astronomy, both the oldest science and one of the most modern. In an astronomy class you’ll learn more about everything than most of the people on this planet. But while you’re learning about planets, stars, galaxies, and the fate of Everything, you’ll also find out how astronomers can be sure that our solar system began 4 billion 567 million years ago, why we are so confident that invisible (dark) matter exists, as well as how the entire Universe started. Through all of this you’ll find out one of the greatest discoveries humans have ever made: that for all the things that happen over billions of years or billionths of a second, that for all the things almost infinitely big or almost infinitely small, the Universe is understandable. And not just by people in white lab coats with fancy degrees typing away at computers ... science makes it understandable by YOU. And on top of all of that, you’ll find that you can then use that science skill you develop here to help you figure out what is going on for the rest of your college career, in your professional life, and even in your personal life. Science is the skill that will give you the power to understand things yourself. Please join us. You won’t look at the world the same way again.
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.
Astronomy 3 – 4 Units – A combination of both Astronomy 1 and Astronomy 2 all in one package.
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.
Dr. Dale Fields
Dr. Lee Loveridge