Astronomy

Astronomy studies celestial bodies and their structure, origin, and development. Courses in astronomy satisfy general education requirements for the associate degree and lower division transfer.

Faculty

NameOffice Room NumberPhoneEmail
Kaisler, Denise CI 308626-857-4110dkaisler@citruscollege.edu
Kary, David CI 313626-852-8031dkary@citruscollege.edu

Contact Information

Division
Natural, Physical and Health Sciences
Dean
Dr. Eric Rabitoy
Administrative Secretary
Chris Pagano
Division Office
PS 114
Division Phone Number
626-914-8789

This discipline prepares students to do the following:

  • Describe astronomical events and process to peers.
  • Estimate and/or calculate the characteristics of astronomical objects, and understand the meaning of these calculations.
  • Apply an understanding of relevant astronomical process as well as processes from related sciences (e.g. physics, geology, chemistry) to astronomical questions.
  • Understand the size and scale of the universe.

ASTR 115
Planetary Astronomy
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5A; CSUGE B1; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ASTR 115H, ESCI 115, ESCI 115H

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 099 or higher.

Strongly recommended: MATH 030 or MATH 032.

The astronomy of the solar system including the history of astronomy, the physics of motion, energy, and light, and the processes that determine the formation and evolution of planets, moons, and other bodies in our solar system and others.

ASTR 115H
Planetary Astronomy - Honors
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5A; CSUGE B1; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ASTR 115, ESCI 115, ESCI 115H

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 099 or higher; also, student must be eligible for the Citrus College Honors Program or obtain a recommendation from an Honors instructor.

Strongly recommended: MATH 030 or MATH 032.

The astronomy of the solar system including the history of astronomy, the physics of motion, energy, and light, and the processes that determine the formation and evolution of planets, moons, and other bodies in our solar system and others. Students are expected to work and participate at an honors level which includes strong critical thinking skills, thorough analysis of astronomical readings, presentation and leadership skills demonstrated through class participation/presentation.

ASTR 116
Stellar Astronomy
4 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5A; IGETC 5C; CSUGE B1; CSUGE B3; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours, 54 lab hours
Equivalent to: ESCI 116

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: MATH 030 or MATH 032; ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

The fundamental areas of stellar astronomy including the structure, classification and evolution of stars, galaxies and the universe, interstellar matter, and the theories of Newton and Einstein. Laboratory exercises include: energy and forces, light, optics, telescopes, stars and their classification, and galaxies.

ASTR 117
Life In The Universe
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5A; CSUGE B1; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ESCI 117

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

The origin and evolution of life on Earth, the processes and conditions relevant to life elsewhere in the universe, and the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life.