Call: (306) 252-1000

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



Delivery Method: Online Asynchronous
Pre-Requisites: Math Foundations 20 or Pre-Calculus 20; Student must be accepted by the U of S.
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:

  • Registration Deadline for Semester 1: June 15th, 2016
  • Course Start Date for Semester 1:  September 6th, 2016
  • Tuition Payment Deadline: September 30th, 2016
  • Registration Deadline for Semester 2: December 15th, 2016
  • Course Start Date for Semester 2: January 4th, 2017
  • Tuition Payment Deadline: January 30th, 2017

Tuition Credit Deadlines


Deadline for Registration Changes (100% Tuition Credit)*

Withdraw with 75% tuition credit

Withdraw with 50% tuition credit**



Semester 1

Sept. 19, 2016

Sept. 26, 2016

Oct. 3, 2016
(no credit after this date)

Nov. 15, 2016

Semester 2

Jan 17, 2017

Jan. 24, 2017

Jan 30, 2017

(no credit after this date)

March 15, 2016


  • All registration changes must be completed by 11:59pm on the specified dates above.
  • The Independent Studies online registration deadline is the first day of classes in each term
  • The College of Medicine registration deadline is the first day of classes in each year.
  • Archives of registration deadlines can be found in previous catalogues.

* Last day to add/drop class to avoid financial penalty. Classes will not appear on a student's permanent record if dropped by this date and all tuition and fees will be refunded. You will be assigned a grade of withdrawal (W) if you drop after this date but before the end of the Withdrawal Deadline date

** Cancellation fees for audit classes are subject to the cancellation fee schedule, with the exception that the fee is non-refundable if a student switched to audit after the 50% cancellation period.

*** Last day to add/drop a class and to change from credit to audit or audit to credit.

Daryl Janzen is the instructor for this course, but for course information please contact Paul Lehmkuhl (

Course Description:

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. 

Topics of Study:

  1. Here and Now: Human Curiosity and the Night Sky
  2. Origins of Modern Astronomy
  3. Gravity: Explaining Solar System Orbits from Newton to Einstein
  4. Light and Telescopes
  5. Atoms, Spectra and the Sun
  6. Moon and Mercury
  7. The Habitable Zone: Venus, Earth and Mars
  8. Jupiter and Saturn
  9. Uranus, Neptune and the Kuiper Belt
  10. Asteroids, Comets, and the Origin of the Solar System

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. 

Suggested Career Pathways*:
Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Physicist
*Please consult with a guidance counselor.

Required Resources (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


Instructor: Daryl Janzen, DLC Contact: Paul Lehmkuhl

Phone: (306) 252-1000

Fax: (306) 252-2150

Sun West Distance Learning Centre

P.O. Box 370
408 - 5th Avenue
Kenaston, SK S0G 2N0


Phone: (306) 252-1000
Fax: (306) 252-2150