Kevin Healy, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Astronomy

Program Director :

Physical Science

Office: PS 15 - Room: 223

480-461-7027

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM9:00 AM - 10:00 AM10:00 AM - 11:00 AM9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Office hours Monday-Friday 9-10am and 10-11am will be on Webex *and* in person.
Office hours Monday & Wednesday 4-5pm will be on Webex only. Webex meeting room is https://maricopa.webex.com/meet/khealy36

Meetings outside these scheduled office hours can be arranged by contacting me.

Classes Taught

Fall 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.

Course Notes: 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
19910

Live Online

Live Online
Lecture
08/23/2023 - 12/15/2023
We
1:00 PM - 1:50 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 19910 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 19910 must also register for .

18434

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/21/2023 - 12/15/2023

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 18434 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 18434 must also register for .

18999

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lab
08/21/2023 - 12/15/2023

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 18999 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 18999 must also register for .

19911

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lab
08/21/2023 - 12/15/2023

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.

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

Class 19911 Students may contact instructor at: kevin.healy@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 19911 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.

Course Notes: 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
18204
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
08/22/2023 - 12/15/2023
TuTh
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Closed

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 18204 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 18204 must also register for .

19002
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
08/22/2023 - 12/15/2023
TuTh
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Closed

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 19002 Instructor will provide digital course material information on the 1st day of class.

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 19002 must also register for .

Spring 2024

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.

Course Notes: AST 106, 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 the prerequisite courses.

General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28581

Live Online

Live Online
Lecture
01/17/2024 - 05/10/2024
We
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Open

24 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 28581 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 28581 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 28581 must also register for .

32306
Dobson Campus

Online Course

Hybrid
Lab
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024

Open

24 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.

Class 32306 Lecture is in person and Lab is online. Students may contact instructor at: kevin.healy@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 32306 must also register for .

28582

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lab
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024

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 28582 Students may contact instructor at: kevin.healy@mesacc.edu

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 28582 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.

Course Notes: 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
27440
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024
TuTh
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Open

24 of 24
Seats Available

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

Zero-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of required online instructional materials for this "Z Class" is $0.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 27440 must also register for .

28233
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lab
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024
TuTh
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Open

24 of 24
Seats Available

Lecture Notes: Students registering for class 28233 must also register for .

Spring Flex Start 2024

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.

Course Notes: AST 106, 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 the prerequisite courses.

General Education Designations: Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
32292
Red Mountain Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/22/2024 - 05/10/2024
Mo
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Open

24 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.

Class 32292 Lecture is in person and lab is online. Students may contact instructor at kevin.healy@mesacc.edu. Instructor will provide digital course materials on the first day of class.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or have an open license copyright that permits no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, retention, redistribution, and adaptation by others.

Lab Notes: Students registering for class 32292 must also register for .

Degrees & Awards

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

MCC directories are not to be used for commercial or political solicitation of college employees by mail, email or telephone. MCC treats all student information as confidential.