One might think that with nearly two hundred courses of study in the academical department of the college, it would be impossible for any one, who was pursuing a liberal education, to fail to find such electives as be would desire to take. Yet we feel that there is something lacking, and that, too, in what we consider one of our strongest departments, that of Natural Science. In the elective pamphlet there is not to be found mention of a single course in one of the grandest of our sciences, Astronomy. Turning to the catalogue under the head of "The Astronomical Observatory," we find this statement: "Any one properly qualified to pursue the study of practical astronomy may be admitted to the Observatory as a student." But what is meant by "properly qualified?" It goes on to say, "a degree of astronomical knowledge as is implied in a thoro' acquaintance with Herschel's 'Outlines of As tronomy,' also a sufficient knowledge of mathematics readily to comprehend the mathematical expressions in works like Chauvenet's Spherical and practical Astronomy." Of course students of the University are thus practically debarred from availing themselves of this instruction unless they were fortunate enough to have made a study of this science before they entered college. But we know that there was no such qualification for entrance, and so the fitting schools have neglected it. To be sure when Physics 1 was in the curriculum, one-third of that course was devoted to astronomy, but in order to gain even this slight knowledge of the subject, one was obliged to take a course of Optics and Acoustics. What we think is needed here are into courses in Technical Astronomu, but a popular course, with little or no mathematics, on the same plan as some of the elementary courses in Natural History, notably N. H. 4. It is really pitiful to see the woeful ignorance of college men on subjects girl would be ashamed to confess her ignorance. Yet in Astronomy, a subject which should be familiar to every one, we are all practically unable to gain even the slightest knowledge, although our facilities for observation are unsurpassed, in this country at least.
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