## Astronomy Laboratory: Registration and Prerequisites

ASTR 230 is required for all ASTR degrees, and students who
pursue these degrees usually take it the second semester of their
sophomore year. Skills learned in this class are important components
to any application for summer internships in observational astronomy.
However, it is common to have several
students from other majors (usually, but not exclusively SCI/ENG)
in the class. Typically, freshmen do not take ASTR 230
because it requires particularly good time-management skills.

Only declared majors may preregister
for the course, which has an enrollment limit of 10.
Most of the time we can accomodate everyone who wants to
register, but this is not always the case.

This course deals with observation of astronomical
objects, and as such will mean more to a student that
has had an astronomy class of some sort, such as ASTR 360,
ASTR 202, or ASTR 201.

Students should be aware that the second half of the
course uses unix computers extensively, though we will cover
most of what you need to know in class. Mathematics
used in class will be primarily trig, geometry, and logarithms;
however, we will use some calculus and differential equations
when we discuss error analysis.

We are in the process of creating a
less-demanding alternative to ASTR 230 aimed towards
ACADEMS. When implemented, students will be able to
take ASTR 100, ASTR 201 or ASTR 202 in conjunction with the new lab
class to obtain a thorough, but non-technical introduction to both
theoretical and observational astronomy.