Course Description

Course Name

General Astronomy

Session: VRMF3123

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This course is an introduction to astronomical phenomena in the Universe for non-science majors. The course covers four main topics:

(1) motions in the sky, (2) the solar system, (3) stars (why they shine, and how they evolve), and (4) cosmology (what are galaxies and how they are distributed in space; the history and future of the Universe).

Basic physics required to understand astronomy will be presented. Topics of current interest will also be covered, such as whether there is life on other planets, and asteroid risks. We will also become acquainted with the night sky, through naked eye observations and use of planetarium and/or local telescopes.

*Course content subject to change