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

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. 

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


Online Asynchronous


One Elective 30 Credit AND One Post-Secondary Credit

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

Post-Secondary Institution: U of S College of Arts and Science

Post-Secondary Credit: ASTR 104.3: Astronomy of Planets

High School Credit: Astronomy 30L

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

For This Course
You Will Need

Students need to have the following for this course. You will need to supply these items.

(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

If you're interested, so are we.

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