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Astronomy Courses Offered at Pitt Community College

For more information on astronomy courses offered at PCC contact:
Stephanie Woodley, Math and Physics Department Chair, 252-493-7438
or
Charles Goodman, Physics and Astronomy Instructor, 252-493-7269

AST 111 DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Local Prereq: Take One: DRE 097 or ENG 095 OR appropriate placement test score
Local Coreq: AST 111A
This course introduces an overall view of modern astronomy. Topics include an
overview of the solar system, the sun, stars, galaxies, and the larger universe. Upon
completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the universe
around them. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation
Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics. This is
a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course for AA.

AST 111A DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY LAB          0 Lecture 2 Lab 1 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: AST 111
Local Prereq: Take One: DRE 097 or ENG 095 OR appropriate placement test score
The course is a laboratory to accompany AST 111. Emphasis is placed on laboratory
experiences which enhance the materials presented in AST 111 and which provide
practical experience. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an
understanding of the universe around them. This course has been approved to satisfy the
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural
sciences/mathematics. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component
(UGETC) course for AA. There is a $7.50 lab fee for this course.

AST 151 GENERAL ASTRONOMY I          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Local Coreq: AST 151A
This course introduces the science of modern astronomy with a concentration on the solar
system. Emphasis is placed on the history and physics of astronomy and an introduction
to the solar system, including the planets, comets, and meteors. Upon completion,
students should be able to demonstrate a general understanding of the solar system. This
course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general
education core requirement in natural science. This is a Universal General Education
Transfer Component (UGETC) course for AA/AS.

AST 151A GENERAL ASTRONOMY I LAB          0 Lecture 2 Lab 1 Credit

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: AST 151
The course is a laboratory to accompany AST 151. Emphasis is placed on laboratory
experiences which enhance the materials presented in AST 151 and which provide
practical experience. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a general
understanding of the solar system. This course has been approved to satisfy the
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural
science. This is a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course
for AA/AS. There is a $7.50 lab fee for this course.

AST 152 GENERAL ASTRONOMY II          3 Lecture 0 Lab 3 Credit

Prerequisites: AST 151
Corequisites: None
Local Coreq: AST 152A
This course is a continuation of AST 151 with primary emphasis beyond the solar
system. Topics include the sun, stars, galaxies, and the larger universe, including
cosmology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a working
knowledge of astronomy. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive
Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural science.

AST 152A GENERAL ASTRONOMY II LAB          0 Lecture 2 Lab 1 Credit

Prerequisites: AST 151
Corequisites: AST 152
The course is a laboratory to accompany AST 152. Emphasis is placed on laboratory
experiences which enhance the materials presented in AST 152 and which provide
practical experience. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a working
knowledge of astronomy. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive
Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural science. There is
a $7.50 lab fee for this course.

AST 251 OBSERVATIONAL ASTRONOMY          1 Lecture 3 Lab 2 Credit
Prerequisites: Take One: AST 111 or AST 152
Corequisites: None
This course covers the operation of the telescope and related observatory equipment.
Emphasis is placed on the use of the telescope and related observatory equipment,
including techniques of data collection, measurements, and data analysis. Upon
completion, students should be able to set up a telescope and use the coordinate system to
locate objects, collect data, and make measurements with the telescope. This course has
been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as
a pre-major and/or elective course requirement. There is a $11.25 lab fee for this course.