Michigan Tech News

Michigan Tech To Offer Online Introductory Astronomy Course

Phone: 906-487-2354

By Marcia Goodrich


Last Modified 3:42 PM, July 20, 2009

December 7, 2006—

Michigan Tech is offering an online introductory astronomy course for its spring 2007 semester, beginning Jan. 16.

The course is a standard two-credit course, with all its material including lectures, homework and tests available online. As such, students will never have to attend a class. Topics will include basic information about the sky, the solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, black holes, the Big Bang theory and what we know about the universe as a whole.

The class will also be available as a podcast. A podcast is an Internet audio show, much like a radio show. It can be saved to one's hard drive as an MP3 and played back at any time, as well.

Tuition for the course will amount to $589.40 for residents and $1,374 for non-residents. Access to a computer with Windows XP is required. A program such as iTunes is required if one wishes to listen to the podcast; this is optional.

For more information, call the Michigan Tech physics department at 906-487-2086 or e-mail epollins@mtu.edu.

To apply for the class, contact the Michigan Tech Admissions office at 487-2335 or 888-688-1885 and say you are interested in taking PH1600, Introductory Astronomy, online.

Michigan Technological University (www.mtu.edu) is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.