New or infrequently offered courses


WCC’s summer astronomy courses will expand your knowledge of the solar system, with images such as this one of an eruption of the Sun’s surface.

Summer 2015

This summer, WCC is pleased to offer two focused and specialized astronomy courses.

In Summer Session I, ASTR 180 – Planetary Astronomy will consider our growing knowledge of the bodies in our own solar system; the new discoveries at Ceres and Pluto will be part of the presentations.

In Summer Session II, ASTR 181 – Stellar Astronomy will look beyond our solar system to the stars and galaxies that populate our universe. The life cycles of the stars, along with the origin and fate of our universe, will be major topics.

Contact the instructor, Dr. Sean Moroney, at for additional information.

ASTR 180: Planetary Astronomy
(3 credits) May 26-July 2
MTR 8:30 – 10:40 a.m.
Prereq’s: familiarity with algebra
Instructor: Sean Moroney
A survey of modern solar system astronomy with emphasis on the underlying physical principles.
Topics discussed include the celestial sphere and aspects of the night sky, the structure and evolution of the Sun’s planetary system, comparative planetology, and theories of the formation of planetary systems.
Intended for science majors and prospective science teachers.

ASTR 181: Stellar Astronomy
(3 credits) July 6-Aug. 14
MTR 8:30 – 10:40 a.m.
Prereq’s: familiarity with algebra; credit in ASTR 110 or 180
Instructor: Sean Moroney
A survey of modern stellar, galactic, and extragalactic astronomy, with emphasis on the underlying physical principles.
Topics covered include stellar structure, interstellar environments and the formation of stars, stellar evolution and death, the structures of galaxies, and cosmology.
Intended for science majors and prospective science teachers.


Renee Arakaki will teach fall 2015 students about digital music production in MUS 240.

Fall 2015

ENG 271: Banned Books (WI)
MW 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Prereq’s: C or better in English 100
Instructor: Jenny Webster
The class will read a number of texts that have at one time or another been banned in America. We will discuss the literary merits of these texts along with the social and political circumstances surrounding their censure.

HWST 140 Mahi’ai I: Hawaiian Taro
Culture (3 credits)
MW 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Instructor: Keliko Hoe
The is the first mahi‘ai (farming) course in a series of four in Hawaiian cultivation practices. The class covers the history, lore, and geographically specific methods of mahi‘ai. Emphasis for this class is on the cultivation of kalo and related staple foods.

HWST 296 Special Topics in Hawaiian Studies: Hawaiian Land Tenure
(3 credits, WI)
TTH 10 – 11:15 a.m.
Prereq’s: HWST 107 and ENG 100
Instructors: Donovan Preza and Kalawaia Moore
This class will cover Hawaiian rights in the land and Hawaiian Land Tenure from its traditional structure changes during the Mahele process, the duration of Hawaiian Kingdom control, the transition through the 1890ʻs, the Territorial period and statehood today.
Students can expect that there will be field trips to the Bureau of Conveyances at times to be determined other than class time to conduct land document research.

Math 26: Elementary Algebra
(5 Credits)
MWF 8:15 – 9:45 a.m.
Prereq’s: B or better in Math 21 or Math 21B or equivalent/satisfactory placement test score
Instructor: Navtej Singh
This is a semester-long course that includes all the topics covered in Math 24 and Math 25. Math 26 provides students a direct path to Math 100, 101, 103, 111, and 115 by shortening the developmental Math pipeline by one semester in addition to saving one semester credit (note that Math 24 + Math 25 = 6 credits).

MUS 240: Intro to Digital Music Production (3 credits)
MW 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. This is a 13-week class which doesn’t begin until Sept. 8.
Prereq’s: any 100-level music performance course or instructor approval
Instructor: Renee Arakaki
Musicians, singers and songwriters: use your Mac to create music and record yourselves.
This course covers MIDI and audio recording, processing and editing; mixing, automation and production of audio files for different media (web, video, CD); everything you need to know for a home studio. Reading music isn’t required, but you must be able to perform on an instrument or your voice.
This course is offered only in the fall semester of odd-numbered years. You can check out previous student projects at