Kevin Healy, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Astronomy

Physical Science

Office: PS 15 - Room: 223

480-461-7027

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM11:00 AM - 12:00 PM7:00 PM - 8:00 PM11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  
    By appointment

Dr. Healy will hold office hours online AND in person.

Online office hours will be held in Webex at:
https://maricopa.webex.com/meet/khealy36

In-person office hours will be held in Dr. Healy's office, PS 223.

Meetings may also be scheduled at other times by appointment, subject to availability.

Classes Taught

Fall 2022

AST106 Life in the Universe 4 Credits
Introduction to the search for life in the universe for the non-science major. Earth's location in space and time, nature of life, light and the spectrum, origin and history of the universe, origin of life on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT090 or MAT091 or MAT092 or completion of higher level mathematics course, or satisfactory placement.
Note that AST106 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. AST111 and AST112 are not prerequisites of this course.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29678
Live Online
Live Online
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
Mo
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Class Started

Notes: Live Online classes have sessions that meet online on specific days and times. Attendance in these sessions will be at the discretion of the instructor, and additional work will be required on the student’s own time. Access to a computer or mobile device with Internet connection is required. 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 29678 Students may contact instructor at: kevin.healy@mesacc.edu

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

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 29678 must also register for .

35502
Live Online
Live Online
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022
Mo
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Closed

Notes: Live Online classes have sessions that meet online on specific days and times. Attendance in these sessions will be at the discretion of the instructor, and additional work will be required on the student’s own time. Access to a computer or mobile device with Internet connection is required. 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 35502 Students may contact instructor at: kevin.healy@mesacc.edu

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

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 35502 must also register for .

30339
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 30339 Students may contact instructor at: kevin.healy@mesacc.edu

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

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 30339 must also register for .
35528
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lab
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Closed

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.

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

Class 35528 Students may contact instructor at: kevin.healy@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 35528 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
29418
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/25/2022 - 12/16/2022
TuTh
12:00 PM - 1:15 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 29418 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Honors Program Only

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 29418 must also register for .
30342
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
08/23/2022 - 12/16/2022
TuTh
1:30 PM - 2:45 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 30342 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Honors Program Only

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 30342 must also register for .

Spring 2023

AST106 Life in the Universe 4 Credits
Introduction to the search for life in the universe for the non-science major. Earth's location in space and time, nature of life, light and the spectrum, origin and history of the universe, origin of life on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT090 or MAT091 or MAT092 or completion of higher level mathematics course, or satisfactory placement.
AST 106, 111, and 112 cover three areas of study in astronomy. These courses can be taken in any order or combination.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30469
Online Course
Live Online
Lab
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Open

19 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 30469 Students may contact instructor at: kevin.healy@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 30469 must also register for .
33996
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lab
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Open

20 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

S# Students may contact insructor at kevin.healy@mesacc.edu. Lecture is Live Online and Lab is in person.

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 33996 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
29254
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
TuTh
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Open

15 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 29254 must also register for .
29253
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
TuTh
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Open

23 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.

Class 29253 Instructor will provide digital course material on the first day of class.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 29253 must also register for .
30089
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
TuTh
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Open

15 of 24
Seats Available

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 30089 must also register for .
30088
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
TuTh
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Open

23 of 24
Seats Available

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 30088 must also register for .

Spring Flex Start 2023

AST106 Life in the Universe 4 Credits
Introduction to the search for life in the universe for the non-science major. Earth's location in space and time, nature of life, light and the spectrum, origin and history of the universe, origin of life on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT090 or MAT091 or MAT092 or completion of higher level mathematics course, or satisfactory placement.
AST 106, 111, and 112 cover three areas of study in astronomy. These courses can be taken in any order or combination.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30468
Live Online
Live Online
Lecture
01/23/2023 - 05/12/2023
Mo
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Open

19 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: Live Online classes have sessions that meet online on specific days and times. Attendance in these sessions will be at the discretion of the instructor, and additional work will be required on the student’s own time. Access to a computer or mobile device with Internet connection is required. 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 30468 Students may contact instructor at: kevin.healy@mesacc.edu

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

Class 30468 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class. AST106 is not a prerequisite for AS111, or AST112. AST106, AST111, and AST112 cover three areas in Astronomy. These courses can be taken in any order or combination. AST111 and AST112 are not the prerequisite courses.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 30468 must also register for .
33995
Live Online
Live Online
Lecture
01/23/2023 - 05/12/2023
Mo
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Open

20 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: Live Online classes have sessions that meet online on specific days and times. Attendance in these sessions will be at the discretion of the instructor, and additional work will be required on the student’s own time. Access to a computer or mobile device with Internet connection is required. 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 33995 Students may contact instructor at kevin.healy@mesacc.edu. Lecture is Live Online and Lab is in person. Instructor will provide digital course material on the first day of class.

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

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 33995 must also register for .

Degrees & Awards

B.S. Physics with Astrophysics option, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1993
M.S. Physics with Astrophysics option, Arizona State University, 1998
Ph.D. Physics with Astrophysics option, Arizona State University, 2004

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