Astronomy Courses

AST 2010 (PS) Descriptive Astronomy

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

AST 2010 (PS) Descriptive Astronomy

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

AST 2010 Descriptive Astronomy

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

AST 2010 Descriptive Astronomy

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

AST 2011 Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory

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

Prerequisite: (AST 2010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or AST 5010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C) or PHY 5010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C

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

Prerequisite: (AST 2010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or AST 5010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C) or PHY 5010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C

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

Prerequisite: (AST 2010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or AST 5010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C) or PHY 5010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C

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

Prerequisites: ([PHY 2180 with a minimum grade of C-]) AND ([PHY 2181 with a minimum grade of C-]) Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

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 4100 Astronomical Techniques

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

Prerequisites: ([AST 4100 with a minimum grade of D-])

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 4200 Astronomical Laboratory

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

Prerequisites: ([PHY 2180 with a minimum grade of C-]) AND ([PHY 2181 with a minimum grade of C-])

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 4300 Planetary Astronomy and Space Science

Prerequisites: ([PHY 2180 with a minimum grade of C-]) AND ([PHY 2181 with a minimum grade of C-])

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 4300 Planetary Astronomy and Space Science

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

Prerequisites: ([PHY 2140 with a minimum grade of C-] OR [PHY 2180 with a minimum grade of C-]) AND ([MAT 2010 with a minimum grade of C-])

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

Prerequisites: ([PHY 3300 with a minimum grade of C-])

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.

AST 5100 Galaxies and the Universe

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.