Melissa K. Bunte, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Astronomy

Physical Science

Office: PS 15 - Room: 210

480-461-7881

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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Student Drop-In Office hours for Fall 2021 wil be virtual and held in WebEx, accessible through your Canvas course. Cranium Cafe or GoogleMeet also available. 

Questions by email are always welcome; alternatively, schedule a Canvas or video chat. Voice messages left at my office phone number will be forwarded to email for a return call.  

Classes Taught

Summer 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.
General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
15966
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
05/31/2022 - 07/21/2022

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.

Students may contact instructor at: melissa.bunte@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 15966 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 15966 must also register for .
16083
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lab
05/31/2022 - 07/21/2022

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.

Students may contact instructor at: melissa.bunte@mesacc.edu

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 16083 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 16083 must also register for .

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
29299
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Open

6 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 29299 Students may contact instructor at: melissa.bunte@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 29299 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Class 29299 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 29299 must also register for .
29300
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Open

24 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 29300 Students may contact instructor at: melissa.bunte@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 29300 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Class 29300 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 29300 must also register for .
30340
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lab
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Open

6 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 30340 Students may contact instructor at: melissa.bunte@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 30340 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Class 30340 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 30340 must also register for .
30341
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lab
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Open

24 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 30341 Students may contact instructor at: melissa.bunte@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 30341 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Class 30341 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 30341 must also register for .

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