Janice A. Hester, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Astronomy

Physical Science

Office: PS 15 - Room: 208

480-461-7313 (alt)

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM9:00 AM - 10:00 AM8:00 AM - 8:50 AM 
 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
 

Online

 

Online

 
 By appointment By appointment 

  • TTh 8:00 - 8:50 and W 9:00-9:50, In-person office hours prior to AST 111 class meeting
  • TTh, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Webex office hours by appointment, please message me (last minute is okay) if you would like to attend
  • Other times (including evenings by Webex) by appointment

If you wish to set up a meeting outside of normal office hours, please contact me at least 24 hours in advance. Since I may have conflicts with your prefered time, please suggest 2-3 times when you would be available to meet.

Classes Taught

Fall 2022

AST111 Introduction to Solar System Astronomy 4 Credits
Introduction to astronomy for the non-science major. The scientific method, properties of light, astronomical instruments, our Solar System and solar systems around other stars. Includes hands-on astronomical observations and laboratory exercises.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT092 or higher, or satisfactory district placement.
Note that AST111 is not a prerequisite for other AST courses, AST106, 111, and 112 cover three areas of study in astronomy. These courses can be taken in any order or combination. AST106 and AST112 are not prerequisites of this course. It is highly encouraged that you attend the FREE MCC Physics and Astronomy Boot Camp that occurs prior to the beginning of the semester. Participants will review key skills necessary for success; participants will be better prepared for their course. Visit https://www.mesacc.edu/students/foundations-student-success/boot-camps for more information and to register.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
35566
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
MoWe
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Class Started

Notes: All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

This class is a Zero-Textbook-Cost Course, also known as a "Z Class." You will have access to class materials online without having to purchase a textbook.

Class 35566 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 35566 must also register for .
30658
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/23/2022 - 12/16/2022
TuTh
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Class Started

Notes: All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

This class is a Zero-Textbook-Cost Course, also known as a "Z Class." You will have access to class materials online without having to purchase a textbook.

Class 30658 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 30658 must also register for .
35567
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
MoWe
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Class Started

Notes: All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

This class is a Zero-Textbook-Cost Course, also known as a "Z Class." You will have access to class materials online without having to purchase a textbook.

Class 35567 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 35567 must also register for .
30659
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
08/23/2022 - 12/16/2022
TuTh
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Class Started

Notes: All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

This class is a Zero-Textbook-Cost Course, also known as a "Z Class." You will have access to class materials online without having to purchase a textbook.

Class 30659 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 30659 must also register for .
AST112 Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology 4 Credits
Introduction to astronomy for the non-science major. Structure and evolution of stars; supernovae, black holes, and quasars; nebulae; star clusters; galaxies; cosmology, including the birth and death of the universe.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT092 or higher, or satisfactory district placement.
Note that AST112 is not a prerequisite for other AST courses, AST106, 111, and 112 cover three areas of study in astronomy. These courses can be taken in any order or combination. AST106 and AST111 are not prerequisites of this course. It is highly encouraged that you attend the FREE MCC Physics and Astronomy Boot Camp that occurs prior to the beginning of the semester. Participants will review key skills necessary for success; participants will be better prepared for their course. Visit https://www.mesacc.edu/students/foundations-student-success/boot-camps for more information and to register.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30197
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30197 Students may contact instructor at: janice.hester@mesacc.edu

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

This class is a Zero-Textbook-Cost Course, also known as a "Z Class." You will have access to class materials online without having to purchase a textbook.

Class 30197 This class may include optional synchronous components such as review sessions, office hours, etc.. Coursework must be completed according to deadlines. Students are required to submit an initial assignment due within the first few days of class. Students are required to have access to a computer and Internet. A webcam and microphone are recommended. A mobile device may not be sufficient for all course content.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 30197 must also register for .
30344
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lab
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30344 Students may contact instructor at: janice.hester@mesacc.edu

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

This class is a Zero-Textbook-Cost Course, also known as a "Z Class." You will have access to class materials online without having to purchase a textbook.

Class 30344 This class may include optional synchronous components such as review sessions, office hours, etc.. Coursework must be completed according to deadlines. Students are required to submit an initial assignment due within the first few days of class. Students are required to have access to a computer and Internet. A webcam and microphone are recommended. A mobile device may not be sufficient for all course content.

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 30344 must also register for .

Spring 2023

AST111 Introduction to Solar System Astronomy 4 Credits
Introduction to astronomy for the non-science major. The scientific method, properties of light, astronomical instruments, our Solar System and solar systems around other stars. Includes hands-on astronomical observations and laboratory exercises.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT092 or higher, or satisfactory district placement.
AST106, AST111, and AST112 cover three areas of Astronomy. These courses can be taken in any order or combination. It is highly encouraged that you attend the FREE MCC Physics and Astronomy Boot Camp that occurs prior to the beginning of the semester. Participants will review key skills necessary for success; participants will be better prepared for their course. Visit https://www.mesacc.edu/students/foundations-student-success/boot-camps for more information and to register.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30830
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
TuTh
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Open

16 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

This class is a Zero-Textbook-Cost Course, also known as a "Z Class." You will have access to class materials online without having to purchase a textbook.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 30830 must also register for .
29261
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/18/2023 - 05/12/2023
MoWe
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Open

22 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

This class is a Zero-Textbook-Cost Course, also known as a "Z Class." You will have access to class materials online without having to purchase a textbook.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 29261 must also register for .
30831
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
TuTh
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Open

16 of 24
Seats Available

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 30831 must also register for .
30087
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
01/18/2023 - 05/12/2023
MoWe
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Open

22 of 24
Seats Available

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 30087 must also register for .
AST112 Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology 4 Credits
Introduction to astronomy for the non-science major. Structure and evolution of stars; supernovae, black holes, and quasars; nebulae; star clusters; galaxies; cosmology, including the birth and death of the universe.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT092 or higher, or satisfactory district placement.
AST106, AST111, and AST112 cover three areas of Astronomy. These courses can be taken in any order or combination. It is highly encouraged that you attend the FREE MCC Physics and Astronomy Boot Camp that occurs prior to the beginning of the semester. Participants will review key skills necessary for success; participants will be better prepared for their course. Visit https://www.mesacc.edu/students/foundations-student-success/boot-camps for more information and to register.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30260
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Open

18 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30260 Students may contact instructor at: janice.hester@mesacc.edu. Students are required to submit an initial assignment due within the first few days of class. Students are required to have access to a computer and internet. A webcam and microphone are recommended. A mobile device may not be sufficient for all course content.

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

This class is a Zero-Textbook-Cost Course, also known as a "Z Class." You will have access to class materials online without having to purchase a textbook.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 30260 must also register for .
30319
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Open

23 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30319 Students may contact instructor at: janice.hester@mesacc.edu. Students are required to submit an initial assignment due within the first few days of class. Students are required to have access to a computer and internet. A webcam and microphone are recommended. A mobile device may not be sufficient for all course content.

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

This class is a Zero-Textbook-Cost Course, also known as a "Z Class." You will have access to class materials online without having to purchase a textbook.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 30319 must also register for .
30261
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lab
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Open

18 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30261 Students may contact instructor at: janice.hester@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 30261 must also register for .
30320
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lab
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Open

23 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30320 Students may contact instructor at: janice.hester@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 30320 must also register for .

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