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Astronomy

Minor
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

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Integrative Learning Keene State College students will identify and discuss ways that their learning in one course informs and deepens their learning in one or more other courses, and the ways that their learning in one or more courses is connected to their out-of-class experiences.

Academic Perspectives Keene State College students will demonstrate an understanding of the questions a discipline or an interdisciplinary area asks, the methods it uses to engage those questions, and some of the key explanatory concepts arising from these types of inquiry.

Upon completion of the minor, students will,

• Have the ability to apply critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills to problems in astronomy and the natural sciences.

• Understand the motion of celestial objects in relation to their observed motion from Earth

• Be able to explain how gravity works and the role it plays in all aspects of our universe.

• Learn how to apply basic physics concepts to problem solving in astronomy and the natural sciences.

• Understand the nature of light and how astronomers exploit its nature to learn about the universe.

• Explain the leading theories of planetary, stellar and galactic evolution and understand the differences between the processes.

• Comprehend the nature of accelerated cosmic expansion, the experimental methods used to discover it and its relationship to the cosmic microwave background.

This minor will also satisfy two College Wide Learning Outcomes

• Critical Thinking: Keene State College students will evaluate evidence, consider multiple perspectives, choose and defend a position from several alternatives, and analyze complex problems.

• Creative Inquiry: Keene State College students will engage in research, scholarly activity or creative work to contribute new knowledge, art or expression and reflect on the process of inquiry or self-expression.