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    Astronomy
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    AST 1002 Discovering the Universe
    Credits: 3.
    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)
    AST 1022L Astronomy Laboratory
    Credits: 1.
    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)
    AST 2000 Cosmology
    Credits: 3.
    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.
    AST 2003 Introduction to the Solar System
    Credits: 3; Prereq: simple algebra.
    Survey of the solar system including the sun, planets, satellites, asteroids, meteorites and comets. (P)
    AST 2004 Introduction to the Stars and Galaxies
    Credits: 3; Prereq: simple algebra.
    Introduces stars and galaxies. (P)
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    AST 2037 Life in the Universe
    Credits: 3.
    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)
    AST 2039 Exploration of the Universe
    Credits: 3.
    A descriptive, nonmathematical examination of current ideas concerning the origin, evolution and future development of the universe and its major constituents. This elementary course in cosmology is designed for non-science majors.
    AST 3018 Astronomy and Astrophysics 1
    Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 2048 and MAC 2311; Coreq: PHY 2049.
    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)
    AST 3019 Astronomy and Astrophysics 2
    Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 2048 and MAC 2311; Coreq: PHY 2049.
    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)
    AST 3043 History of Astronomy through Newton
    Credits: 3.
    Astronomy from its beginnings through Newton. Emphasis is on the works of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. (H or P, and N)
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    AST 3047 History of Astronomy after Newton
    Credits: 3.
    Development of the science of astronomy, both observational and theoretical, and the rise of astrophysics from the eighteenth century until 1970. (P)
    AST 3722C Techniques of Observational Astronomy 1
    Credits: 3; Coreq: AST 3018.
    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.
    AST 4211 Essentials of Astrophysics
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AST 3018, AST 3019 and a working knowledge of calculus.
    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.
    AST 4300 Galactic Astronomy
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AST 3018, AST 3019 and a working knowledge of calculus.
    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.
    AST 4402 Galaxies and Cosmology
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AST 3018, AST 3019 and a working knowledge of calculus.
    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.
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    AST 4723C Techniques of Observational Astronomy 2
    Credits: 3; Prereq: AST 3722C.
    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
    AST 4905 Individual Work
    Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits; Prereq: AST 3018 and AST 3019, or two years of college physics and instructor permission.
    Assigned reading or research for qualified undergraduates.
    AST 4911 Undergraduate Research in Astronomy
    Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Course provides firsthand, supervised research in Astronomy. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application in Astronomy.
    AST 4930 Special Topics
    Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits;
    Prereq: instructor permission.
    Lecture, seminar or laboratory sessions covering selected topics of current interest in astronomy.
    AST 4956 Overseas Studies
    Credits: 1 to 15; can be repeated with change in content up to 15 credits;
    Prereq: undergraduate adviser permission.
    Provides a mechanism by which coursework taken as part of an approved study abroad program can be recorded on the UF transcript and counted toward graduation.
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