Astronomy and Cosmologies


Spring 2015 quarter

Taught by

physics, math, astrophysics
literature, writing, storytelling


Proficiency with algebra; strong reading and writing skills.

Our goal in this program is to learn beginning to intermediate astronomy through lectures, discussions, interactive workshops and observation, using the naked eye, binoculars and telescopes. We will learn about the evolution and structure of our universe and celestial bodies. Students will build and take home astronomical tools such as spectrometers and position finders. Students will also research a topic of interest via observations and reading, and share their research with classmates.

In our seminars we will discuss the idea of cosmologies: how people across cultures and throughout history have understood, modeled, and ordered the universe they perceived. We will study creation stories and worldviews, from those of ancient peoples to modern astrophysicists. Students will meet in small teams for pre-seminar discussion, and write essays and responses to the readings.

Students taking this program must be willing to work in teams and use computers for online assignments. Students are invited to help organize an observation field trip to regions with clear skies.

To view the syllabus, visit Astronomy and Cosmologies (

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

astronomy, physics, mythology, education, natural sciences, history and philosophy of science.

Academic Website

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Special Expenses

Approximately $40 for materials; $200-300 for binoculars and tripod; and up to $300 for possible field trip.


Date Revision
February 23rd, 2015 Rebecca Chamberlain will join Zita.
June 19th, 2014 New opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 30


Course Reference Number

So - Sr (16 credits): 30257

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