Astronomy Courses

Two New Astronomy Courses at OCC

On June 18, 2007 the Ocean County Board of Trustees approved both Astronomy I and II as providing another alternative for students to satisfy their laboratory science requirement for the AA Liberal Arts Degree.

PHYS 181 Astronomy I: Astronomy of the Solar System

Moon during eclipse

The nature of the solar system: the Sun, planets, moons, and other bodies orbiting the Sun. The tools and methods of astronomy. The nature of the scientific method as applied to a number of key problems from the history of astronomy. The motions of the sky. Recent findings as to the nature, origin, and evolution of the planets. Laboratory work includes observations with the unaided eye and analysis of more complex observations.

PHYS 182 Astronomy II: Astronomy of Stars and Galaxies

Stars on a cold night

This course builds upon the concepts presented in PHYS 181. Covers the most recent findings as to the nature, origin, and evolution of the stars, galaxies, and the Universe itself. Distances and motions of the stars. Life cycles of stars. Latest findings about the cosmos. Laboratory work includes observations with the unaided eye and the telescope, and analysis of more complex observations.

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