Sep 30, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Astronomy (AST)

196 William R. Murchie Science Building
(810) 762-3131
Fax: (810) 766-6780

Natural Sciences Department Chair:  Matthew Fhaner

Administrative Support Staff
196 Murchie Science Building
Public Relations & Advising:  Carly Byrne 
Personnel & Course Scheduling:  Patricia Slackta
Budget & Finances:  Mary Poletti

Please refer to Physics (PHY)  for disciplinary information.

Recurring astronomical phenomena such as day and night, the lunar phases, summer and winter, eclipses, and the motions of planets can all be predicted with accuracy by the orderly use of simple natural laws. Knowledge of astronomy, the ultimate frontier in space and time, extends awareness beyond ordinary terrestrial concerns. Study about and guided practice in using the actual methods and tools used by astronomy scholars allows novices to sense the thrill of discovery.

Courses in astronomy are designed for students who seek to fulfill the general education requirement in natural science or to develop their understanding of classical and modern astronomy.