<p>This course provides an exploration of our universe through descriptive studies of our solar system, planets, stars, constellations, black holes, galaxies, quasars, cosmology, galactic and stellar evolution. Other topics included are artificial satellites, the space program, energy problems and discussion about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Emphasis is placed on the appreciation of astronomy through scientific reasoning, methodology and precision, and on the importance of astronomy as an integral part of the everyday life of the individual.</p>
REA 0017 or REA 0011 or REA 0019 (completed with a grade of "C" or higher for each course) or appropriate placement test scores. Students who are not required to take the common placement test or enroll in developmental education courses do not have to satisfy prerequisites.