Astronomy

Astronomy is the study of our universe. This includes our solar system with the Sun, its planets, moons, asteroids, and comets as well as other stars, nebulae, star clusters, galaxies and the universe as a whole. COD offers several courses to meet your interests and curriculum needs, in classroom or independent study formats. 

Program Requirements

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.

Degree

Classroom Courses

Our traditional format courses provide the student a structured learning environment. It provides the benefits of learning directly from the instructor, as well as the opportunity to ask questions, collaborate with and learn from with other students. Content is delivered by lecture and then lab exercises are completed with another student before submission.

Earth Science 1120 - Introduction to Astronomy

  • A non-lab overview of all areas of astronomy
  • Minimal math skills are required of the student
  • Provides an appreciation of our knowledge of the universe

Earth Science 1122 - Solar System

  • An overview of our Sun, the planets, major moons, asteroids and comets
  • Investigates the formation and evolution of our solar system and others
  • In-class lab exercises broaden and deepen student learning

Earth Science 1124 - Stars and Galaxies

  • An overview of stars, galaxies and the universe as a whole
  • Investigates the formation and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the universe
  • In-class lab exercises broaden and deepen student learning

Earth Science 1126 - Observational Astronomy (not currently offered)

  • An overview of how to observer the heavens
  • Major topics include the sky, telescopes, and observational techniques
  • Lab exercises broaden and deepen student learning
     

Independent Study

This format allows the student to learn at their own pace without attending classroom sessions. Content is delivered by textbook and video and then lab exercises are completed and submitted for grading. An instructor is available at regular times in the COD Learning Commons and via email.

Earth Science 1122 - Solar System

  • An overview of our Sun, the planets, major moons, asteroids and comets
  • Investigates the formation and evolution of our solar system and others
  • Lab exercises broaden and deepen student learning

Earth Science 1124 - Stars and Galaxies

  • An overview of stars, galaxies and the universe as a whole
  • Investigates the formation and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the universe
  • Lab exercises broaden and deepen student learning
     

Career Information

If you enjoy studying our solar system or the universe, you may be interested in a career in astronomy. An astronomy career involves various factors for success. The information outlined below is intended to help you understand the role, understand the education requirements, understand the job market, and know where to get more information.

The primary organization of professional astronomers in the US is The American Astronomical Society. Their website is a great place to start your search for information: www.aas.org

On this site you will find pages devoted to Career Services, Education Services, Employment statistics, and so forth. These provide a wealth of information to get you started.

Other astronomy-related websites:

Faculty Advisor

Joe DalSanto, Astronomy
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3518D, (630) 942-2163