Ridgewater College

Course Equivalents

Course Equivalents for ESCI 1130 at Ridgewater College in Spring 2020 (Jan - May)



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Central Lakes College

ESCI 1405 - Astronomy - 4 credits
Natural Science (03)
Is a survey of current day space observations and explorations at the conceptual level. The course is designed as an introduction to the study of astronomy and approaches the physics of planetary and stellar investigations from a perspective suitable for the motivated but non-mathematically-oriented liberal arts student. In addition to presenting an introduction to the basics of observing the night sky, the course surveys the latest observations, discoveries and theories in the rapidly developing areas of comparative planetology, stellar evolutionary processes, black holes, quasars, and other non-thermal phenomena. Finally, the course summaries the latest cosmological theories about the fundament nature of the universe in light of the best information available from observational platforms such as the Hubble Space Telescope. MnTC Goal 3
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Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

PHYS 1020 - Introductory Astronomy - 4 credits
Natural Science (03)
An introductory study of the nature and dynamics of the Solar System and universe beyond. Observations of the sun, moon, planets, and stars will give students a personal and real-world connection to the universe we live in.
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Inver Hills Community College

PHYS 1020 - Descriptive Astronomy - 3 credits
Natural Science (03)
Critical Thinking (02)
Surveys the major areas of astronomy, including planets, the sun, the moon, galaxies, and cosmology. Activities include sky observations and laboratory work.
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Itasca Community College

NSCI 1303 - Astronomy - 4 credits
Natural Science (03)
People/Environment (10)
Foster an appreciation for the nature of our place in the universe as we investigate the science of modern astronomy. Some laboratory sessions will be scheduled as evening observations. A wide variety of topics are explored, not limited to Earth-Moon-Sun Relationships ( constellations, stellar motion, solstices and equinoxes,seasons, lunar phases, tides, eclipses) Planetary (inner/outer planets, surface features and atmospheric composition; moons, models, physical laws), Stellar (sun composition/properties; solar activity, star formation, giants, supernovae, black holes); Galactic (milky way galaxy, measuring galactic distances, galactic evolution) and Cosmological astronomy (big band, origin of universe). Concepts addressed within the context of scientific method.
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Lake Superior College

ASTR 1101 - Introduction to Astronomy - 4 credits
Natural Science (03)
Students in astronomy will be introduced to several aspects of the universe. Students will see how astronomical ideas have developed through history and how our ideas about the universe (and our place in it) have changed. They will investigate the motions of the sun, moon, stars, and visible planets. They will learn to identify the major constellations in the night sky and will become aware of changes that occur in the sky with the passage of the seasons. Student will discover what has been learned through exploration of the planets, moons, and other bodies in our solar system. They will learn how the sun produces energy, and how stars form, evolve, and die. Students will discover how galaxies are organized and what their motions teach us about the origin and evolution of the universe. MTC goal area: (3) Natural Sciences. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and MATH0450) (3 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
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Minneapolis Community and Technical College

ASTR 1100 - Astronomy - 4 credits
Natural Science (03)
This survey course introduces the objects and processes in the universe with particular emphasis on collections of ordinary matter like planets, stars, and galaxies; more exotic matter like pulsars, black holes, and dark matter; their interactions; and the human place in and responsibility to the environment and universe. You will explore stargazing, the scale of our universe, a brief history of astronomy, how astronomers know what they know, our solar system, comparative planetary environments, threats to our environment, the Greenhouse Effect, other solar systems, the birth, life and death of stars, dark matter and dark energy, and the origin and fate of our universe. This course includes two hours of required lab per week, which must be taken on campus.
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Minnesota State University, Mankato

AST 101 - Introduction to Astronomy - 3 credits
Natural Science (03)
Broad survey of astronomy: the night sky, seasons, moon phases, eclipses, light, telescopes, stars, stellar evolution, galaxies, cosmology, the solar system.
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Minnesota West Community and Technical College

PHYS 1150 - Survey of Astronomy - 3 credits
Natural Science (03)
Covers a general overview of the science of astronomy. Topics include the history of astronomy, the nature of science, celestial motion, phases of the moon, gravity, Keplers Laws, light and spectroscopy, the Solar System, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. There will be lab activities to accompany many of the topics. Prerequisite: MATH 0098 or placement by exam.
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Normandale Community College

PHYS 1114 - Introductory Astronomy - 4 credits
Natural Science (03)
A one-semester introductory course in astronomy covering the tools and methods of astronomy and the physics of the solar system, stars, galaxies and the universe. This course requires a background in intermediate algebra. Laboratory includes tools and methods of astronomy, data collection and analysis, and observations (when feasible). Lecture 3 periods. Laboratory 2 periods. Meets Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal 3 (Natural Science) competencies a, b,and c, and MNTC Goal 2 (Critical Thinking) competencies a, b, and c.
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North Hennepin Community College

NSCI 1050 - Astronomy - 4 credits
Natural Science (03)
This course takes a "big picture" look at the universe as a whole. Topics include history of astronomy, origin and features of the planets and the Solar System, the lives and deaths of stars, cosmology and the fate of the universe. It also covers recent discoveries and current topics in astronomy. The laboratory component provides a variety of methods to more fully investigate the process of astronomy. The course meets requirements as a natural sciences lab course under Goal Area 3 of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. (3 hours lecture/week, 2 hours lab/week)
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PHYS 1050 - Astronomy - 4 credits
Natural Science (03)
This course takes a "big picture" look at the universe as a whole. Topics include history of astronomy, origin and features of the planets and the Solar System, the lives and deaths of stars, cosmology and the fate of the universe. It also covers recent discoveries and current topics in astronomy. The laboratory component provides a variety of methods to more fully investigate the process of astronomy. The course meets requirements as a natural sciences lab course under Goal Area 3 of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. (3 hours lecture/week, 2 hours lab/week)
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Northland Community and Technical College

NSCI 1123 - Astronomy - 4 credits
Natural Science (03)
(Fulfills MNTC Area: 3) This is a survey course in descriptive and modern astronomy, including a study of solar system and stellar formation, star and galaxy evolution, cosmology and study of the universe. Lecture and lab. Prerequisites: None
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St. Cloud State University

ASTR 107 - Concepts of Stars and the Universe - 3 credits
Natural Science (03)
Critical Thinking (02)
Scale of the universe; distance, structure, and evolution of stars; the Milky Way and other galaxies; cosmology, life in the universe. 3 Cr. F, S. Goal 2, 3.
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St. Cloud Technical and Community College

ASTR 1301 - Astronomy Lab - 1 credits
Natural Science (03)
Meets MN Transfer Goal 3 - Natural Sciences. This is an introductory astronomy lab course designed for non-science majors. It can be taken by itself as a stand-alone course or in conjunction with an Astronomy course. In this course students will learn about the constellations, stars, telescopes, instruments and measurements astronomers make to determine the distances to the stars and planetary bodies. This laboratory course will focus on gaining an understanding of the instruments, observations, measurements, and calculations used by astronomers to determine the properties of astronomical objects and the distances to these astronomical objects. Student Learning Outcomes: * Conduct experiments to test hypotheses and mathematical formulas. * Use appropriate computer technology and software to perform experiments, perform analysis, and prepare reports. * Identify diverse asterisms, planets, and starts and learn how to discover astronomical objects in the sky. * Verify theoretical astronomical concepts through practical investigation. * Communicate astronomical theory, experimental results and real-world applications of astronomical concepts and laws. * Demonstrate cooperative learning skills.
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ASTR 1300 - Astronomy - 3 credits
Natural Science (03)
Meets MN Transfer Goal 3 - Natural Sciences. This is an introductory astronomy course designed for non-science majors students. It emphasizes the physical sciences of astronomy and covers the history of astronomy, properties of light, telescopes, formation of the solar systems, Steller configuration, Steller evolution, quasars, dark matter, galactic structure, and galactic evolution. Student Learning Outcomes: * Describe fundamental physical principles and laws of astronomy. * Demonstrate knowledge of measurement techniques used in contemporary astronomy. * Define various astronomical objects including planets, dwarf planets, plutinos, plutoids, nebula, asteroids, comets, and black holes. * Describe lunar phases, eclipses, and the reasons for the seasons. * Label various positions of planets in planetary configuration. * Explain three Kepler's laws of planetary motion. * Outline the different portion of electromagnetic spectrum based on wavelength, frequency, and energy. * Demonstrate the understanding of the theory of solar system and stellar system formation and evolution. * Distinguish the physical properties of the planets of our solar systems. * Identify different segments of star classification on Hertzsprung - Russel (H-R) diagram. * Distinguish between plants and dwarf planets, reflection telescopes and refraction telescopes, putinos and plutoids and retrograde motion and prograde motion. * Explain the importance of Hubble's Law.
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