Courses

AST 1002 Discovering the Universe 3 Credits

An elementary, largely nonmathematical survey of our universe of stars, planets and galaxies. Acquaints the student with the development of astronomy as a human activity with how we know as well as what we know. Primarily for those not majoring in physical science or mathematics. (P)

General Education - Physical Science

AST 1022L Astronomy Laboratory 1 Credit

Introduces experimental work in astronomy including scheduled laboratory exercises during the day in the teaching lab and evening observational astronomy at the on campus teaching observatory. (P)

General Education - Physical Science

AST 2000 Cosmology 3 Credits

Overview of cosmology, the study of the large-scale structure and history of the universe, in four components: ideas about the universe as a whole predating the twentieth century; ideas from twentieth century physics that impact modern cosmology; stars, black holes, galaxies and quasars as probes of the universe; and the Hot Big Bang Model.

General Education - Physical Science

AST 2003 Introduction to the Solar System 3 Credits

Survey of the solar system including the sun, planets, satellites, asteroids, meteorites and comets. (P)

Prereq: simple algebra

General Education - Physical Science

AST 2037 Life in the Universe 3 Credits

The origin of life on Earth and the possibility of life elsewhere. A multidisciplinary approach is followed. Conditions for life to form and the likelihood that such conditions may exist elsewhere in the universe are discussed. Also considered are schemes proposed for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). (P)

General Education - Physical Science

AST 3018 Astronomy and Astrophysics 1 3 Credits

First part of the AST 3018-3019 sequence. Survey of astronomy and astrophysics for physical science, engineering or mathematics majors. Course covers gravitation, orbits and tides; the Moon's phases and eclipses; light and spectra; the solar system; and a few historical milestones. (P)

Prereq: PHY 2048 and MAC 2311

Coreq: PHY 2049

General Education - Physical Science

AST 3019 Astronomy and Astrophysics 2 3 Credits

Second part of the AST 3018-3019 sequence. Stellar distance determination; spectral classification, magnitudes and the nature of color indices; binary stars; the interstellar medium; the Sun as a star; stellar interiors; star formation and stellar evolution; the structure of the Milky Way; the kinds of galaxies and their properties; groups, clusters and superclusters of galaxies; and cosmology. (P)

Prereq: PHY 2048 and MAC 2311

Coreq: PHY 2049

General Education - Physical Science

AST 3043 History of Astronomy through Newton 3 Credits

Astronomy from its beginnings through Newton. Emphasis is on the works of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. (H or P, <u>and</u> N)

General Education - Humanities
General Education - International
General Education - Physical Science

AST 3722C Techniques of Observational Astronomy 1 3 Credits

First part of the AST 3722C-4723C sequence. The fundamental principles and techniques used in planning, making, reducing and analyzing modern astronomical observations. Includes classroom lectures and discussion, indoor laboratory work, data analysis and outdoor night observations. Introduces numerical treatment of observations, CCD imaging, digital imaging processing and astronomical spectroscopy.

Coreq: AST 3018

AST 4211 Essentials of Astrophysics 3 Credits

Foundation and background on topics in astrophysics, including broadening mechanisms of spectral lines, equations of state of gases, thermodynamics, radiation sources, radiative transport, kinetic theory of gases and stellar structure.

Prereq: AST 3018, AST 3019 and a working knowledge of calculus

AST 4300 Galactic Astronomy 3 Credits

Intensive introduction to the fundamental properties of the Milky Way and its system of satellite galaxies. Course is intended for astronomy majors and natural science students. Topics include the ages, chemical abundances and kinematics of field stars and star clusters, the properties of the interstellar medium and its role in star formation, the dark matter content and models of the Milky Way's physical structure.

Prereq: AST 3018, AST 3019 and a working knowledge of calculus

AST 4402 Galaxies and Cosmology 3 Credits

An investigation into the properties of galaxies and their distribution in space. Some cosmological implications of this distribution are discussed. Intended for astronomy majors and advanced students of other mathematical sciences.

Prereq: AST 3018, AST 3019 and a working knowledge of calculus

AST 4723C Techniques of Observational Astronomy 2 3 Credits

Second part of the AST 3722C-4723C sequence. The fundamental principles and techniques used in planning, making, reducing and analyzing modern astronomical observations. Includes classroom lectures and discussion, indoor laboratory work, data analysis and outdoor night observations. Introduces numerical treatment of observations, CCD imaging, digital imaging processing and astronomical spectroscopy.

Prereq: AST 3722C

AST 4905 Individual Work 1-3 Credits

Assigned reading or research for qualified undergraduates.

Prereq: AST 3018 and AST 3019, or two years of college physics and instructor permission

AST 4911 Undergraduate Research in Astronomy 3 Credits

Course provides firsthand, supervised research in Astronomy. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in Astronomy.

AST 4930 Special Topics 1-3 Credits

Lecture, seminar or laboratory sessions covering selected topics of current interest in astronomy.

Prereq: instructor permission