Astronomy (ASTR)

Courses

ASTR 005. Exploring the Cosmos. 3 Credits.

Survey of ancient astronomy, planets and moons, stars and their evolution, galaxies and quasars, and Big-Bang cosmology. Includes night sky observations.

ASTR 023. Astr Lab I:Measuring the Sky. 1 Credit.

Measurements of the properties of the planets, stars, and galaxies using graphical analysis, computer simulations and photographs. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment or credit in ASTR 005.

ASTR 024. Astronomy Lab II:Imaging Sky. 1 Credit.

Sky observations using binoculars, optical and radio telescopes. Observations are recorded with drawings, photographic film, and digital imaging devices. Some dark room work. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment or credit in ASTR 005.

ASTR 057. Hist/Pract Ancient Astronomy. 3 Credits.

A cross-cultural survey of astronomical practices of ancient peoples. Sky watching, time reckoning and calendar making. Constellations, astrological practices, and planetary theories. Prerequisites: ASTR 005 or other introductory science course.

ASTR 090. Internship. 1-3 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

ASTR 095. Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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ASTR 096. Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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ASTR 153. Moons & Planets. 3 Credits.

Celestial mechanics, formation of the stars, and planetary materials. Planets, satellites, asteroids, meteors, and comets. Planetary surfaces, interiors, and atmospheres. Origins of life. Prerequisites: ASTR 005; MATH 010 or equivalent.

ASTR 155. The Big Bang. 3 Credits.

Ancient cosmologies, beginning of time, origin of matter, cosmic background radiation, antimatter and dark matter, the expanding universe and origin of structure. Prerequisites: ASTR 005; MATH 010 or equivalent.

ASTR 157. Stars & Galaxies. 3 Credits.

Instruments and observations. Stars and their evolution. Black holes and compact objects. The interstellar medium. Relativity and galactic structure and galaxy formation. Prerequisites: ASTR 005; MATH 010 or equivalent.

ASTR 177. Spacecraft Astronomy. 3 Credits.

Survey of recent astronomical satellites such as Hubble, Chandra and Fermi LAT; their design, orbital characteristics, and findings. Prerequisites: ASTR 005; MATH 010 or equivalent.

ASTR 190. Internship. 1-18 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

ASTR 192. Independent Study. 1-18 Credits.

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

ASTR 195. Intermediate Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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ASTR 196. Intermediate Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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ASTR 197. Teaching Assistantship. 1-3 Credits.

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

ASTR 198. Undergraduate Research. 1-18 Credits.

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

ASTR 257. Modern Astrophysics. 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: One 100-level course in physical science or Engineering. Cross-listed with PHYS 257.

ASTR 290. Internship. 1-18 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded Offered at department discretion.

ASTR 292. Independent Study. 1-18 Credits.

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

ASTR 295. Advanced Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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ASTR 296. Advanced Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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ASTR 297. Teaching Assistantship. 1-3 Credits.

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory-level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

ASTR 298. Undergraduate Research. 1-18 Credits.

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.