• What is Astronomy?

    Astronomy is the science that deals with the entire Universe outside the Earth’s atmosphere.  It involves the study of the position, motion, composition, and evolution of the celestial objects within and beyond our Solar System, including, but not limited to, planets, stars, and galaxies.  Observational astronomers use telescopes on Earth and in space, while theoretical astronomers develop and modify models and perform computational simulations.

    Entry-level Courses in Astronomy

    Students should also consult the Calendar descriptions of the Astronomy courses along with the BC Transfer Guide and the Physics Department’s Course Support page.

    The two first-year university-level courses ASTR 106 (without lab) and ASTR 107 (with lab) are offered.  These are particularly suitable for meeting Science and Lab Science requirements of various programs.  They both have no Physics pre-requisite, requiring only high school math: Precalculus 12 or Principles of Math 12 or Precalculus 11 with a minimum B grade; or Principles of Math 11 with a minimum B grade; or Foundations of Mathematics 11 with a minimum A grade, and MATH 105 may be taken concurrently.