Astronomy Department

M-31 Andromeda Galaxy
M-31 Andromeda Galaxy - remote photo by MC Astronomy Student

The courses in Astronomy are offered as part of the general education program at Mission College. The astronomy courses includes a laboratory and complies with general education transfer requirements. The courses are an excellent way for the liberal arts student to gain an appreciation of scientific knowledge and methods.

Astronomy Course Offerings
  • ASTRO 001 - ASTRONOMY   3.0 units
    Advisory: MATH 903
    Acceptable for credit: UC, CSU

    This course is a descriptive astronomy lecture only course covering the entire panorama of the universe, including early human observations, the origin and structure of the solar system, and the properties, origin and evolution of stars, galaxies and cosmology. Grade Only.
  • ASTRO 003 - ASTRONOMY WITH LAB 4.0 unitS
    Advisory: MATH 903
    Acceptable for credit: UC, CSU

    This course covers the entire panorama of the universe from the observations of the night sky to the origin and structure of the planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. The lab portion of the course includes practical experience with the methods of astronomy using computers and other equipment. This course may also be offered via distance learning. Grade Only.
  • AST 003H ASTRONOMY WITH LAB – HONORS 4.0 UNITS
    Total Lecture: 54 hours, Total Lab: 54 hours
    Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

    This course covers the entire panorama of the universe from the observations of the night sky to the origin and structure of the planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. The laboratory portion of the course includes practical experience with the methods of astronomy using computers and other equipment. Students cannot get credit for both AST 003 and AST 003H. Enrollment in the Honors Transfer Project is required. Grade only. CSUGE: B1, B3; IGETC: 5A, 5C.

  • AST 004 ASTROBIOLOGY - LIFE IN THE
    UNIVERSE 3.00 UNITS
    Total Lecture: 54 hours
    Acceptable for Credit: California State University

    This course applies the disciplines of astrophysics, biology, chemistry, geology, and planetary science to the possibility of life in the Universe outside of the Earth. Students study the astronomical, geological and physical environmental factors that determine habitability. Students further consider the chemical basis for life, the origin and evolution of life on Earth, the constraints of life on Earth, and the markers of life that may be seen in other places in the solar system as well as outside of the solar system. Pass/No Pass Option.

 

 

Contact Information

Senior Office Coordinator:
408-855-5295
sherry.alexander@wvm.edu

Dean:
Danny Nguyen

Admin. Assistant:
Lori Hampton

Division Chair:
Kelly Neary

Department Chair:
Clint Poe

Full Time Faculty:

Clint Poe
email: clint.poe@wvm.edu
tel: 408-855-5262  

John Beck
email: john.beck@wvm.edu
tel: 408-855-3301

Jim Burrell
email: jim.burrell@wvm.edu
tel: 408-855-5263

Course Descriptions

 Course Descriptions PDF

no degree or certificate is offered in astronomy.