Astronomy Courses

Courses in astronomy (designated ASTR) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirement in the biological and physical sciences
  • electives

UMGC offers only a limited number of courses each session in this discipline.

Introduction to Astronomy (3 Credits, ASTR 100)

(Not open to students who have taken or are taking any astronomy course numbered 250 or higher. For students not majoring or minoring in a science.) Prerequisite: MATH 012 or higher. An examination of the major areas of astronomy. Topics include the solar system, stars and stellar evolution, and galaxies. Current topics in astronomy are also discussed. The objective is to use scientific and quantitative reasoning to make informed decisions about topics related to space science. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ASTR 100, ASTR 101, ASTR 120, or GNSC 125.

ASTR 110 Astronomy Laboratory (1 Credit, ASTR 110)

(Fulfills the laboratory science requirement only with previous or concurrent credit for ASTR 100. For students not majoring or minoring in a science.) Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 100. A laboratory course including experiments, observations, and exercises to illustrate the basic concepts of astronomy, as well as the use of astronomical instruments and tools.