General Astronomy

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    General Astronomy

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Astronomy, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is an introduction to astronomical phenomena in the Universe for non-science majors. The course covers four main topics:

    (1) motions in the sky, (2) the solar system, (3) stars (why they shine, and how they evolve), and (4) cosmology (what are galaxies and how they are distributed in space; the history and future of the Universe).

    Basic physics required to understand astronomy will be presented. Topics of current interest will also be covered, such as whether there is life on other planets, and asteroid risks. We will also become acquainted with the night sky, through naked eye observations and use of planetarium and/or local telescopes.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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