2019-2020 Course Catalog – Science: Earth + Space Science Emphasis
Science: Earth and Space Science Emphasis
CL College Level
CP College Prep
DC Dual Credit
XC Exploratory Course
The Solar System (DC)
Co-requisite: The Solar System Lab (SCI4406L)
Credit: 1.5 credits
This course is a survey of the solar system based on modern data obtained from NASA and ESA probes. Students are introduced to the basic concepts of planetary science. These concepts include elements of geology and meteorology. The planets, their satellites, and the sun are examined in detail from a planetary science point of view. Other solar system objects such as asteroids and comets are examined as a class. In addition the general motions of bodies in the solar system are examined.
* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours to students in ASTRO 100 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.
Galactic Astronomy (DC)
Prerequisite: Algebra I
Co-requisite: Galactic Astronomy Lab (SCI4407L)
Credit: 1.5 credits
This course introduces students to modern astronomy, its historical roots, and its place as a branch of modern physics. Physics topics include gravitation and the motion of celestial bodies, the relation of electromagnetism to light and thermodynamics and their application to astronomy, modern telescopes and their historical roots. Other topics include the structure of the sun and stars, binary stars, the distance to stars, the birth life and death of stars, neutron stars, black holes, the Milky Way, other galaxies, cosmology and the “Big Bang” theory.
* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours to students in ASTRO 120 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.
Ball state courses such as the following may be taken on a space-available basis. The Academy is not responsible for fees associated with these courses.
GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology
GEOL 102 Historical Geology
GEOL 206 Oceans and Nations
GEOL 207 Environmental Geology
GEOL 220 Mineralogy