||This course focuses on the observable universe. We look at basic scientific methods, theories and concepts related to space/time, motion, and forces that govern the universe. The origin, evolution, and fate of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe are examined and interpreted. Observational techniques for astronomic studies are introduced and used. Events and techniques related to space exploration and searches for life elsewhere are covered. Several voluntary night observations are offered during the semester. A semester project using observational skills is assigned along with several internet and written activities. Lecture - 3 hours; laboratory - 2 hours.