Friday, May 1, 2009

The Sky’s the Limit… Clayton State – Fayette to Offer Astronomy Courses

Beginning in the fall semester of 2009, Clayton State University will offer a sequence of Astronomy courses at its instructional site in Peachtree City.

“These courses will satisfy a core curriculum requirement we have been unable to offer at Peachtree City due to a lack of laboratory space,” notes Dr. John G. Campbell, professor of Physics and associate dean of the Clayton State College of Arts and Sciences, who will serve as the instructor for the Astronomy courses.

With the addition of the Astronomy courses, Clayton State’s entire common core curriculum will now be available to students at the Clayton State University – Fayette instructional site in Peachtree City.

The first course in the sequence, Solar System Astronomy, will be taught in the fall semester. This course covers astronomy from early ideas of the cosmos to modern observational techniques. Topics included are solar system planets, satellites and minor bodies, and the origin and evolution of the solar system.

The second course in the sequence, Stellar and Galactic Astronomy, will be offered in the spring semester of 2010. This second course will cover the study of the Sun and stars, their physical properties and evolution, interstellar matter, star clusters, our galaxy and other galaxies, and the origin and evolution of the Universe.

The third course, Astronomy Laboratory, will also be offered in the spring semester of 2010. This course consists of a series of laboratories designed to measure the physical properties of planets, stars, and galaxies. The two spring courses are required to be taken together.

“I am so pleased that we can offer the astronomy science sequence in Fayette County. Not only is this an excellent course on its own, it also allows us to accomplish the goal of offering the entire general education curriculum in Fayette County,” says Dr. Kevin Demmitt, Clayton State assistant vice president for Academic Outreach and director of Clayton State – Fayette. “This is a tremendous step as we continue to grow to meet the needs of the community.”

For more information, contact Demmitt at (678) 466-4802.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding, comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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