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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

General Education Courses

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/pa/ugrad/ast-gened.html

General Education Courses in Astronomy

The department offers the following astronomy courses for general education credit:

  • AST 101 (3) — Introduction to Astronomy
  • AST 102 (3) — Introduction to the Planets
  • AST 115 (2) — Life in the Universe

AST 101: Introduction to Astronomy [3 cr]
This course provides a broad descriptive survey of astronomy. Topics covered include the night sky, seasons, moon phases, eclipses, tides, telescopes, light, atoms, spectra, properties of stars, stellar evolution, the Milky Way, galaxies, cosmology, and the solar system. The course format is lecture-discussion. Offered each term. No prerequisites.
General Education Category 3 (Natural Science).

AST 102: Introduction to the Planets [3 cr]
This course provides students with a survey of our solar system, including the Sun, the planets and their satellites, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids. The history of the discovery and exploration of the solar system is also covered. The course format is lecture-discussion. Offered each term. No prerequisites.
General Education Category 3 (Natural Science).

AST 115: Life in the Universe [2 cr]
This course is a discussion of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial life, along with problems involved in detecting and contacting extraterrestrial civilizations. Topics discussed include the formation of galaxies, stars and planets; the nature and origin of life on Earth; the search for life on other planets; the possibility of interstellar space travel; and the probability of extraterrestrials visiting the Earth. The course format is lecture-discussion. Offered each term. No prerequisites.
General Education Categories 2 (Critical Thinking) and 3 (Natural Science).