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Recurring astronomical phenomena such as day and night, the lunar phases, summer and winter, eclipses, and the motions of planets, although not under man’s control, can be predicted with accuracy by the orderly use of simple natural laws. A knowledge of astronomy, the ultimate frontier in space and time, extends one’s awareness beyond ordinary terrestrial concerns. Study about and guided practice in using the actual methods and tools by which scholars have learned about the universe allow novices to sense the thrill of discovery and insight that motivates physical scientists. As the primary source of the earth’s energy, the sun affects us in numerous ways. Many other celestial bodies also influence us in ways that are better understood through the study of astronomy.
Courses in astronomy are designed for students who seek to fulfill the general education requirement in natural science, or to meet the requirements for the Elementary Education major in Integrated Science, or to develop their understanding of classical and modern astronomy.