Astronomy Courses

AST 2010 (PS) Descriptive Astronomy

Meets General Education Laboratory requirement only when taken with Coreq: AST 2011.

Lecture course that introduces the concepts and methods of modern astronomy, the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology; recent discoveries about planets, moons, the sun, pulsars, quasars, and black holes.

AST 2010 (PS) Descriptive Astronomy

Meets General Education Laboratory requirement only when taken with Coreq: AST 2011.

Lecture course that introduces the concepts and methods of modern astronomy, the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology; recent discoveries about planets, moons, the sun, pulsars, quasars, and black holes.

AST 2010 (PS) Descriptive Astronomy

Meets General Education Laboratory requirement only when taken with Coreq: AST 2011.

Lecture course that introduces the concepts and methods of modern astronomy, the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology; recent discoveries about planets, moons, the sun, pulsars, quasars, and black holes.

AST 2011 Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory

Coreq: AST 2010 or 5010, PHY 5010. Meets General Education Laboratory requirement only when taken with Coreq: AST 2010.

Laboratory exercises and observations; includes two late evening viewing sessions. Satisfies General Education Laboratory requirement when taken concurrently with AST 2010.

AST 2011 Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory

Coreq: AST 2010 or AST 5010, PHY 5010. Meets General Education Laboratory requirement only when taken with Coreq: AST 2010.

Laboratory exercises and observations; includes two late evening viewing sessions. Satisfies General Education Laboratory requirement when taken concurrently with AST 2010.

AST 2011 Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory

Coreq: AST 2010 or AST 5010, PHY 5010. Meets General Education Laboratory requirement only when taken with Coreq: AST 2010.

Laboratory exercises and observations; includes two late evening viewing sessions. Satisfies General Education Laboratory requirement when taken concurrently with AST 2010.

AST 4100 Astronomical Techniques

Prereq: PHY 3300 and PHY 3310; coreq: AST 4200.

Techniques of modern astrophysics. Detectors used in astronomy for optical and infrared photons, radio and microwaves, X- and gamma rays, and neutrinos. Techniques in imaging, photometry, spectroscopy, astrometry, polarimetry, and for analyzing public data available on the web.

AST 4200 (WI) Astronomical Laboratory

Coreq: AST 4100.

Introduction to laboratory techniques of modern astrophysics. Optical astronomy, including measurement of the quantum efficiency of a CCD-based astronomical digital camera; measurement of the throughput as a function of wavelength of a set of standard astronomical filters; measurement of the HR diagram of a star cluster using the calibrated camera and filters.

AST 4300 Planetary Astronomy and Space Science

Prereq: PHY 2180 and PHY 2181.

Formation and evolution of the solar system: planetary surfaces, interiors, atmospheres, and magnetospheres; asteroids, comets, planetary satellites, and ring systems. Emphasis on using basic physics to understand observed properties of the solar system.

AST 5010 Astrophysics and Stellar Astronomy

Prereq: PHY 3300 both with grade of C- or above.

Electromagnetic radiation and matter; solar characteristics; stellar distances; magnitudes; spectral classification; celestial mechanics; binary stars; stellar motions, structure and evolution; compact and variable stars; Milky Way Galaxy and interstellar medium; galaxies and clusters of galaxies; quasars; Hubble's Law; cosmology.

AST 5100 Galaxies and the Universe

Prereq: PHY 3300.

Exploration of the world of galaxies, starting with the Milky Way and moving outward to larger scales. Basic properties of galaxies: galaxy classification, structure, evolution, observations of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), Quasar, and Seyfert galaxies. Discovery of dark matter and black holes. Cosmology: origins of the universe in a hot big bang; its expansion history including recent evidence that the cosmic expansion is accelerating; the cosmic microwave background, and the ultimate fate of the universe. Capstone course for astronomy majors.