MSU Billings Course Descriptions

ASTR - Astronomy

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* ASTR 110 Introduction to Astronomy

[formerly PHYS 201 Introduction to Astronomy]

3 cr. (Sp)  Surveys the historical highlights and traditional topics in classical and modern astronomy, such as the solar system, sun, planets, galaxies, and the universe.  Examines exotic objects such as quasars, pulsars, and black holes.  Presents discussion of recent discoveries, modern cosmological theories, and current unsolved problems.  Background in high school algebra is strongly advised.


* ASTR 111 Introduction to Astronomy Lab

[formerly PHYS 203 Introduction to Astronomy Lab]

1 cr. Corequisite: ASTR 110. (Sp)  Introduces students to the night sky.  Illustrates the difference between real and apparent motions in the heavens.  Develops useful observational techniques and an appreciation by the student of the broad range of phenomena in the Universe.


ASTR 191 Special Topics

[formerly PHYS 202 Special Topics in Astronomy]

3 cr. Prerequisite: ASTR 110Provides the opportunity for students who have completed the survey course to explore a number of special topics in depth.  These may include the Big Bang and alternate cosmologies, the dark matter problem, the galaxy formation problem, the dark sky paradox, supernovae, black holes, and/or other topics of current interest.