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Astronomy for Majors
Students who wish to major in Astronomy at a 4-year school should get their 2-year degree in Physics. The Physics degree will best prepare students for transfer to a 4-year program in Astronomy or Astrophysics. To get more information regarding the 2-year degree in Physics please see Physics - Program Options Page

Astronomy for Non-Majors
We offer both Astronomy 1110 and Astronomy 1120 as Guaranteed Transfer 4-credit Lab Courses. The only prerequisite for Astronomy is College Quantitative Literacy. You do not need to take Astronomy 1110 in order to take Astronomy 1120.

If you have any questions or are unsure if you meet the prerequisite for an Astronomy course, please reach out to Liz Coelho at Liz.Coelho@ppcc.edu
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Hands-On Project for Students

PPCC is part of the NASA-funded Colorado Space Grant Consortium. Every Spring semester, students have the opportunity to design and build a payload for a high altitude balloon flight as part of the DemoSat program. Watch an experiment that you designed soar to 100,000 feet above the Colorado plains!

Learn New Skills and Build Your Resume
The DemoSat project is a great way to get practical science and engineering experience. Students learn about computer programming, payload design, and analyzing results all while collaborating with other students.

Former DemoSat students have participated in the NASA RockOn workshops, the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program, and the Colorado Undergraduate Space Research Symposium. You will gain hands-on experience that looks great to transfer schools and future employers.




These are Astronomy courses that you can take here at PPCC. If you have any questions, please reach out to Astronomy Chair Liz Coelho at Liz.Coelho@ppcc.edu 
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Develops an appreciation of and competence in observational astronomy with the naked eye or small telescope. Introduces the use of images from major telescopes and spacecraft as a tool for experiencing the night sky. Special emphasis will be placed on the World Wide Telescope and what it has to offer. Rare observations such as supernovae, comets and solar activity will also be covered. Advanced tools of telescope astronomy and astrophotography may also be discussed. Emphasis is on observation rather than theory.

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Focuses on the history of astronomy, naked-eye sky observation, tools of the astronomer, contents of the solar system and life in the universe. Incorporates laboratory experience.

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Emphasizes the structure and life cycle of the stars, the sun, galaxies, and the universe as a whole, including cosmology and relativity. Stellar phenomena including white dwarves, black holes will be explored. Incorporates laboratory experience.

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Introduces the study of archeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy. The principles of unaided eye observational astronomy, timekeeping, navigation, religion and ritual, political power, cosmology, and worldview are covered. Methods of the ethnoastronomer, including measurement of architectural alignments, analysis of written records, examination of art, and general knowledge about a culture, will be discussed.


Contact Info

Astronomy Department Chair

Liz Coelho

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