ASTR 103 - Introductory Astronomy
Session 1: May 24 – July 1
This course is a one-session, online 3-credit course in astronomy for non-science majors and anyone else who wants to gain a better understanding of the amazing, fantastic and awe inspiring universe we inhabit.
We will cover the birth and death of stars, the origin of the planets, the structure and evolution of galaxies and the beginning and ultimate fate of the cosmos itself. Along the way we will encounter wondrous objects like neutron stars, black holes, wormholes, quasars and exploding stars. We will learn how the elements created in the hearts of these exploding stars has made life as we know it possible. We will also learn about the practices and methodologies that astronomers use to probe the universe around us.
This course on its own satisfies the IB math requirement.
For this course to satisfy the IID Laboratory Science requirement you must also complete the corresponding laboratory course Astronomy 101L or Astronomy103L
- Spark students’ curiosity and wonder about astronomical objects, astrophysical phenomena, and the physical world in general.
- Develop students’ understanding of the physical processes, astronomical objects and astronomical phenomena studied by astronomers.
- Familiarize students with modern astronomical research methods and some of the most ground breaking recent astronomy research results.
- Develop students’ skills in making conclusions using logical, evidence based reasoning.
- Develop adequate skills in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.
- Learn how scientists acquire, organize and apply knowledge about nature based on experiments and observations.
Textbook: Astronomy: At Play in the Cosmos
Adam Frank, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Video Game: At Play in the Cosmos
Use Student Set ID: 55380 to purchase access to the video game.
This game can be run on any platform.
Dates: May 24 – July 1
Course: ASTR 103
Credit Hours: 3
IB Math requirement
IID Laboratory Science requirement
(when taken with corresponding lab course ASTR 101L or ASTR 103L)
The above requirements are from the Randolph College general education program. Check with your home institution to see if this course fulfills your requirements.
Tuition & Fees:
Textbooks and other course materials can be purchased separately from the source of your choosing.
B.S., University of California at Los Angeles; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University
Katrin has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University and now does computational neuroscience/ethology research. She received her training in computational neuroscience during her tenure as a Sloan-Swartz Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco.
Her research is focused on understanding the underlying dynamics of animal behavior and how knowledge of these dynamics can inform us about the effects of disease processes and environmental and/or genetic perturbations. Her research makes use of real behavioral data taken by collaborators in the fields of psychiatry, physiology, neurology, neuroscience and medicine and her main plans involve long term collaborations with experimentalists in the fields of geriatrics, psychiatry, and physiology.
She came to Randolph College because she is passionate about involving undergraduates in original research and because Randolph College’s high faculty to student ratio, flexible administration, and committed science faculty make it an ideal environment for fostering collaborations with undergraduates.