Intro to Astronomy

  • Earn 3 transferable credits
  • 100% online and Zoom-free
  • Includes everything you need

Course cost $597

Original price: $1332

Monthly payment option available

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Benefits

  • College Credits

  • Fun + Flexible

  • Affordable

  • Course
    overview

    We are all made of star stuff, and in this college-level Introduction to Astronomy course, we’ll discover just how that stuff wound up creating the universe around us.

    The curriculum, filled with jaw-dropping views of the cosmos, explores everything from the Big Bang to the fate of the universe, and will touch on every microcosm of space in between.

  • Brilliant
    instructors

    Learn from a constellation of world-class instructors that includes NASA communicators, astrobiologists, astrophysicists, and the chief science officer from the American Museum of Natural History.

  • How it
    works

    First, choose between a 14-week term or 7-week intensive.

    Enjoy cinematic video lessons (our CEO co-founded MasterClass).

    Enhance your learning with gorgeous interactive textbooks based on evidence-based active learning principles.

    When it is time for exams, open windows are designed to fit around your schedule.

  • Dedicated
    support

    Hit a snag on the site? Have a burning question? We’ve got you covered.

    Our dedicated Student Success team is available to assist you—and push you—to help you pass with flying colors.

    And, if you do all the work but do not pass, we will offer a full refund*.

Transferable credits from a top 50 school

Most schools accept credits transferred from University of Pittsburgh

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Full refund if you do the work and don't pass

If you’ve put in the time and effort to do all the work for a course but do not receive a passing grade, that’s on us and you will receive a full refund. You may also exit the course before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (14 days from start for 14-week courses, and 7 days from start for 7-week intensive courses).

Designed to be flexible

Outlier’s immersive, asynchronous courses are built to fit into your life, no matter your schedule.

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Traditional course Outlier Intro to Astronomy

Cost per course

$1332 on average

Cost per course

$597 with monthly payment option

Credits

Usually 3-4 credits from your school

Credits

Earn 3 credits from the University of Pittsburgh

Risk

Pay full price after the drop deadline

Risk

Full refund if you do the work but don't pass

Format

In-person or Zoom

Format

Interactive and 100% online (Zoom-free)

Instructors

1 per class

Instructors

4 galaxy-class instructors

Lectures

Specific time and place

Lectures

On-demand, anywhere

Exams

Specific hour

Exams

Flexible window

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What you’ll learn

This course covers all the basic principles and latest Astronomy topics you’ll need for college credit (and then some), plus:

  • The real reason the sky is blue

  • How humans traveled in a pre-GPS and Google Maps world

  • Einstein’s *real* formula (Hint: It wasn’t E = mc^2)

  • How the (non-edible) leftovers in the Cosmic Microwave Background explain the Big Bang.

  • How stars are born, and why that made you the unique human you are

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  • When you Audit an Outlier course, it simply means you’re taking the course without the expectation of earning credits or impacting your college transcript. You will not receive a grade, a transcript, nor credits, and will not be participating in exams.

    Audit Path is ideal for:

    -High school students who are looking to add sparkle to their college applications, or learn more about a subject, but wish to avoid the burden of impacting their permanent records.

    -Lifelong learners who want to take a serious course but aren’t interested in receiving grades or college credits.

    Audit Path includes:

    -Lifetime access. Your course will never expire.

    -Access to all course materials (except midterms and final exams).

    -Access to our Student Success team to ensure you’re still reaching your learning goals.

    Audit Path makes you exempt from the following:

    -Quizzes (though Auditing students can still participate)

    -Midterm finals/grade

    -Final exams/grade

    If Auditing sounds right for you, after registering for your course, simply email us at success@outlier.org and let us know you’d like to go the Audit path. Note: You must contact us with this request before the drop deadline for your course.

  • Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams and writing assignments (when applicable) are each open to take for a set window of time (usually several days); however, all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of the final exam window.

  • If you have a request for reasonable disability accommodations, contact support@outlier.org. Please include specifics regarding the accommodation you are seeking. Additionally, if you have a disability accommodations letter from a school you are currently attending, you may send that to us as well.

    Outlier is committed to ensuring that learners with accessibility needs have equal opportunity to succeed in our courses.

  • Yes, and it was hard. Our instructors did extraordinary things like set up their own cinematography equipment and converted garages into sets, all while staying safe and careful.

    A huge thanks to the team and our instructors for this massive effort. It shows how much we all care about making these courses.

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