Astronomy 30L (Dual Credit with the U of S)

Course Description

Daryl Janzen is the instructor for this course, but for course information please contact Aaron Biberdorf (

Students will explore physical properties and orbital behavior of planets, moons, asteroids and comets as revealed by telescopic observations and spacecraft missions. They will learn how the scientific method changed our understanding of orbital motions within the solar system. Recent astronomical techniques for studying exoplanets orbiting other star systems will be investigated. Techniques for operating telescopes and analyzing astronomical data will be examined with online access to computer-simulated laboratories. 

Post-Secondary Institution: U of S College of Arts and Science
Post-Secondary Credit: ASTR 104.3: Astronomy of Planets
Fees and Tuition:  $611.70 (tuition) + $90 (one time application fee) + textbooks

Important Deadlines

For a complete list of all U of S acedemic deadlines like Payment and refund informtion, start and end dates click here.

This course follows the U of S schedule which is not aligned with the high school schedule.   

There are extra fees (tuition for the U of S) associated with this course;  there are NO fees charged by the DLC.  So, if you get an automatically generated DLC invoice stating that you owe $500, please ignore it.   

Also, this course may require exam supervision at a school.

DLC Role vs. U of S Role

A dedicated Sun West DLC teacher will support students through the registration process, help to resolve issues that arise throughout the course and serve as a liaison between the student/parent and the post-secondary institution.   

The U of S instructor will provide all instruction, clarify content, and conduct assessments.

Registration Process

1.  Phone (306) 252-1000 or register online with the DLC to ensure your high school credit is properly recorded.  

2.  Upon receipt of that form, you will be emailed an application form to fill out and send to the U of S.  This form advises of a one-time U of S student application fee of $90.   This fee, along with all tuition costs, must be paid directly to the U of S.  There may also be other fees associated with this course including textbook or other resource costs.

The application form and fee can be sent to or dropped off at:

Admissions and Transfer Credit
105 Administration Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5A2

If you have questions regarding the process, email or call (306) 966-6718.

3.  Once your application is processed, the U of S will email notification to you and payment will be due immediately.   Your admission letter will provide the credentials needed to access your U of S student account (PAWS) where you can learn about outstanding fees and payment options. 

Units of Study

  • Here and Now: Human Curiosity and the Night Sky
  • Origins of Modern Astronomy
  • Gravity: Explaining Solar System Orbits from Newton to Einstein
  • Light and Telescopes
  • Atoms, Spectra and the Sun
  • Moon and Mercury
  • The Habitable Zone: Venus, Earth and Mars
  • Jupiter and Saturn
  • Uranus, Neptune and the Kuiper Belt
  • Asteroids, Comets, and the Origin of the Solar System

Course Materials

Obtained by Student

(can be purchased from the University Book Store or

Textbook - The Solar System Seeds, M., Backman, D., 8th Edition (e-text) Galileoscope and Camera Tripod

Suggested Career Pathways

Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Physicist


Math Foundations 20 or Pre-Calculus 20;
Student must be accepted by the U of S

Delivery Method

Online Asynchronous


Dual credit
Grade 12

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