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Undergraduate Astronomy Courses

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Several undergraduate courses in astronomy are offered through the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UH Manoa. Astronomy 110 is the popular general introductions to the subject; several sections are offered every semester. A laboratory course, Astronomy 110L offers students the chance to gain some hands-on experience in nighttime and laboratory astronomy.

Astronomy 120 (Origins), Astronomy 130 (Introduction to Archaeoastronomy), and Astronomy 140 (History of Astronomy) are alternative introductory courses. Astronomy 120 focuses on the evolution of the cosmos since the Big Bang, Astronomy 130 takes a look at observational astronomy in different cultures, and Astronomy 140 emphasizes the historical development of astronomical discoveries and the personalities involved. Tthese courses are taught every other semester.

Astronomy 150 (Voyages through the Solar System) focuses on the origin, evolution, and present state of the Sun and each planet. It is cross-listed as GG105.

Astronomy 240 covers the same introductory ground as Astronomy 110 but is designed for science students and includes more mathematics than Astronomy 110.  At the current time this course is not being regularly scheduled.

Astronomy 241 and Astronomy 242 are a two-semester rigorous, calculus-based introduction to astrophysics. The former covers the Solar System and the latter stars and galaxies.

Students interested in learning more about astronomy than is covered in the introductory courses can take Astronomy 280 and Astronomy 281 to explore the selected portions of the subject matter in a deeper, although mostly qualitative, manner. The 200-level courses can be used fulfill science concentration requirements for students in the College of Education concentrating in the Earth & Space Sciences.

Astronomy 380 (The Cosmos in Western Culture) covers the history and intellectual context of astronomical discovery from the Babylonians to the present day.

Students with a serious interest in astronomy should consider either the laboratory course Astronomy 399 or the advanced courses Astronomy 427 (Cosmology) or Astronomy 430 (Solar System)

For more information, contact Dr. David Sanders, 956-5055, the chair of the astronomy graduate program.