ASTRO 255 - Introduction to Astronomy, Geology, and Climate Science
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ASTRO 101 or 115, or EARTH 171(or GEOSCI 171) or AOSS 171 or BIOLOGY 110 or ENSCEN 171 or ENVIRON 110.
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
High school mathematics and physics recommended.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


This introductory course, suitable for majors and non-majors, fulfills the Natural Science requirement and offers hands-on, activity- and project-based application of scientific knowledge. The course is divided into three parts--Astronomy, Geology, and Climate Science. It covers the discovery of the place of Earth in the universe and its origin; discusses plate tectonics, volcanoes, and earthquakes; and addresses the major components of the climate system (atmosphere, oceans, and cryosphere). The lectures will be supplemented by frequent in-class activities/labs, and a final project will further consolidate understanding of the material. In addition, the instructors will bring in (virtually) outside speakers, including scientists from the African diaspora, conduct discussions on pressing social and environmental issues, and will explore collaborations between scientists and artists.

Course Requirements:

The exams will be in-person if the class is in person, and on Canvas if the pandemic still prevents in-person classes.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for CSP students, but all students are welcome.

Class Format:

Depending on COVID conditions, the course will either be entirely online and synchronous, or entirely in-person.


ASTRO 255 - Introduction to Astronomy, Geology, and Climate Science
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: This course is intended primarily for undergraduate students from the School of Education who are specializing in Elementary Education, and for IDA concentrators in the Department of Astronomy.

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