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Course ID:ASTR 1010L. 1 hour. 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Astronomy of the Solar System Laboratory
Course
Description:
Astronomy laboratory to accompany Astronomy of the Solar System.
Athena Title:ASTRO SOL SYS LAB
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1020L or ASTR 1110L or ASTR 1120L or ASTR 2030L
Pre or Corequisite:ASTR 1010
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1010. 3 hours.
Course Title:Astronomy of the Solar System
Course
Description:
Astronomy from early ideas of the cosmos to modern observational techniques. The solar system planets, satellites, and minor bodies. The origin and evolution of the solar system.
Athena Title:ASTRO SOLAR SYSTEM
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1110 or ASTR 1110H
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1020. 3 hours.
Course Title:Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
Course
Description:
The study of the sun and stars, their physical properties and evolution, interstellar matter, star clusters, our galaxy and other galaxies, and the origin and evolution of the Universe.
Athena Title:STEL & GALAC ASTRO
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1120 or ASTR 1120H
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1020L. 1 hour. 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Stellar and Galactic Astronomy Laboratory
Course
Description:
Astronomy laboratory to accompany Stellar and Galactic Astronomy.
Athena Title:STEL&GAL ASTRO LAB
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1010L or ASTR 1110L or ASTR 1120L or ASTR 2030L
Pre or Corequisite:ASTR 1020
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1110H. 3 hours.
Course Title:Introduction to Astronomy (Honors)
Course
Description:
The development of astronomy from ancient times. Telescopes and astronomical observations. The solar system: planets and their satellites, asteroids, comets, etc. The origin and evolution of the solar system.
Athena Title:INTRO ASTRO HONORS
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1010 or ASTR 1110
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1110L. 1 hour. 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory (Honors)
Course
Description:
Astronomy laboratory to accompany Introduction to Astronomy (Honors).
Athena Title:INTRO AST HNRS LAB
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1120L, ASTR 2030L or ASTR 1010L, ASTR 1020L
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Pre or Corequisite:ASTR 1110H
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1110. 3 hours.
Course Title:Introductory Astronomy for Majors I
Course
Description:
The development of astronomy from ancient times. Telescopes and astronomical observations. The solar system: planets and their satellites, asteroids, comets, etc. The origin and evolution of the solar system. This course is for intended physics and astronomy majors.
Athena Title:INTR ASTR MAJORS I
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1010 or ASTR 1110H
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1120. 3 hours.
Course Title:Introductory Astronomy for Majors II
Course
Description:
Our sun and other stars, their physical properties and evolution. Interstellar matter and star formation. The origin and evolution of our galaxy, other galaxies, quasars, and the Universe. This course is for intended physics and astronomy majors.
Athena Title:INTR ASTR MAJORS II
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1020 or ASTR 1120H
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1120H. 3 hours.
Course Title:Introduction to Astronomy (Honors)
Course
Description:
Our sun and other stars, their physical properties and evolution. Interstellar matter and star formation. The origin and evolution of our galaxy, other galaxies, quasars and the Universe.
Athena Title:INTRO ASTRO HONORS
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1020 or ASTR 1120
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1120L. 1 hour. 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory (Honors)
Course
Description:
Astronomy laboratory to accompany Introduction to Astronomy.
Athena Title:INTRO AST HNRS LAB
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1110L, ASTR 2030L or ASTR 1010L, ASTR 1020L
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Pre or Corequisite:ASTR 1120H
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1420. 3 hours.
Course Title:Life in the Universe
Course
Description:
The astronomical, chemical and physical conditions for extraterrestrial life. The origins of terrestrial life. Search for extraterrestrial life and extraterrestrial intelligence. Strategies for communication with extraterrestrial intelligence.
Athena Title:LIFE IN UNIVERSE
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1420E. 3 hours.
Course Title:Life in the Universe
Course
Description:
The astronomical, chemical, and physical conditions for extraterrestrial life. The origins of terrestrial life. Search for extraterrestrial life and extraterrestrial intelligence. Strategies for communication with extraterrestrial intelligence.
Athena Title:LIFE IN UNIVERSE
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1420
Nontraditional Format:This course will be taught 95% or more online.
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1540. 3 hours.
Course Title:Science, Science Fiction, and Pseudoscience
Course
Description:
Science facts versus speculation in science fiction books and films; examples of violations of scientific principles; debunking of UFOs, alien abductions, astrology, creationism and other pseudosciences.
Athena Title:SCI SCIFI PSEUDOSCI
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1660. 3 hours.
Course Title:History of Astronomy
Course
Description:
Discussion of the historical development of key astronomical ideas from ancient times to the modern age.
Athena Title:HISTORY OF ASTRON
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 1870. 3 hours.
Course Title:Black Holes
Course
Description:
History and development of general relativity, supernovae and compact objects. Observational evidence for stellar and supermassive black holes. Primordial black holes, wormholes, and the Big Bang. Contributions of Einstein, Chandrasekhar, Oppenheimer, Zwicky, Wheeler, Zel'dovich, Hawking, and Penrose.
Athena Title:BLACK HOLES
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 2030L. 1 hour. 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Introduction to Astronomical Observations
Course
Description:
How to use small astronomical telescopes and reduce data gathered at the telescope. This is an introduction to observational astronomy for Physics and Astronomy majors.
Athena Title:INTR ASTR OBSERV
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1110L or ASTR 1120L
Nontraditional Format:Students will spend ten hours at the telescope and twenty hours in data reduction during the semester.
Pre or Corequisite:ASTR 1110 or ASTR 1120 or ASTR 1110H or ASTR 1120H
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 3010. 3 hours.
Course Title:Astronomical Observations and Techniques I
Course
Description:
Telescopes and astronomical observations, including photometry and spectroscopy. Laboratory exercises include visual, photographic, and photoelectric observations and data analysis with standard astronomical software.
Athena Title:ASTRO OBSERV I
Prerequisite:ASTR 1120 and (ASTR 1110L or ASTR 1120L or ASTR 2030L)
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 3020. 3 hours.
Course Title:Astronomical Observations and Techniques II
Course
Description:
Concepts, techniques, skills, and resources needed to plan, obtain, reduce, and interpret observations of astronomical objects.
Athena Title:ASTRO OBSERV II
Prerequisite:[ASTR 3010 and (PHYS 1212-1212L or PHYS 1312-1312L)] or permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 4010/6010. 3 hours.
Course Title:Astrophysics I
Course
Description:
Stellar astrophysics, stellar structure and atmospheres, formation of spectral lines and spectral classification, stellar evolution from star formation to planetary nebulae and supernovae and the resulting compact objects.
Athena Title:ASTROPHYSICS I
Prerequisite:ASTR 1110 and ASTR 1120 and PHYS 3700 and PHYS 3900
Pre or Corequisite:PHYS 4101/6101
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 4020/6020. 3 hours.
Course Title:Astrophysics II: Galaxies
Course
Description:
Components of galaxies, including stars and the interstellar medium, the Milky Way galaxy, external galaxies, and the formation and evolution of galaxies.
Athena Title:ASTR II GALAXIES
Prerequisite:PHYS 3700 and PHYS 3900
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 4030/6030. 3 hours.
Course Title:Astrophysics III: Cosmology
Course
Description:
Cosmology, history of the Universe, Big Bang Theory, Inflation, microwave background radiation, formation of galaxies, and large-scale structure.
Athena Title:ASTR III COSMOLOGY
Prerequisite:ASTR 4020/6020
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ENGR(ASTR) 4190/6190. 3 hours. 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Planetary Atmospheres, Dynamics, and Magnetospheres
Course
Description:
The composition and structure of planetary atmospheres; heating and energy transport; atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; orbital dynamics of planets; magnetospheres; and extrasolar planets.
Athena Title:PLANETARY ATMOS DYN
Prerequisite:(MATH 2500 or MATH 2700) and (PHYS 1212-1212L or PHYS 1312-1312L)
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 4330/6330. 1 hour. Repeatable for maximum 4 hours credit.
Course Title:Astronomy Seminar
Course
Description:
Seminar on contemporary topics in astronomy and astrophysics.
Athena Title:ASTRONOMY SEMINAR
Prerequisite:ASTR 1110 and ASTR 1120
Pre or Corequisite:ASTR 3010 or ASTR 3020 or ASTR 4010/6010 or ASTR 4020/6020
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 4660. 1-3 hours. Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit.
Course Title:Astronomical Research
Course
Description:
Observations using modern techniques and equipment to investigate astronomical phenomena.
Athena Title:ASTRO RESEARCH
Nontraditional Format:Independent study and research.
Prerequisite:ASTR 3010
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 4960H. 2-4 hours.
Course Title:Directed Research in Astronomy (Honors)
Course
Description:
Individual study or research projects under the direction of a project director.
Athena Title:DIRECTED RESEARCH H
Nontraditional Format:Independent study and research combined with regular meetings with a project advisor.
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 4970H. 2-4 hours.
Course Title:Directed Research in Astronomy (Honors)
Course
Description:
Individual study or research projects under the direction of a project director.
Athena Title:DIRECTED RSRCH HON
Nontraditional Format:Independent study and research combined with regular meetings with a project advisor.
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 4990H. 2-4 hours.
Course Title:Honors Thesis
Course
Description:
Honors thesis or final project under the direction of a project director.
Athena Title:HONORS THESIS
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 4990
Nontraditional Format:Independent study and research combined with regular meetings with a thesis advisor.
Prerequisite:Permission of Honors
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 4990. 2-4 hours.
Course Title:Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Thesis
Course
Description:
Undergraduate senior thesis in physics and astronomy under the direction of a project director.
Athena Title:UGRAD ASTR THESIS
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 4990H
Nontraditional Format:Independent study and research combined with regular meetings with a thesis advisor.
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 7010. 3 hours.
Course Title:Introductory Astronomy for Teachers - Solar System
Course
Description:
This course is designed to aid K-12 teachers with astronomical concepts which arise in their teaching. The effective presentation of astronomical concepts in this area will be emphasized.
Athena Title:INTRO ASTR TEACHERS
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1010 or ASTR 1110 or ASTR 1110H
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 7020. 3 hours.
Course Title:Introductory Astronomy for Teachers - Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
Course
Description:
Designed to aid K-12 teachers with astronomical concepts concerning stars, galaxies, and the universe which arise in their teaching. The effective presentation of astronomical concepts in this area will be emphasized.
Athena Title:INTR ASTR TCH STARS
Duplicate Credit:Not open to students with credit in ASTR 1020 or ASTR 1120 or ASTR 1120H
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall, spring and summer semester every year.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 8070. 3 hours.
Course Title:Stellar Structure and Evolution
Course
Description:
The internal structure and evolution of single and binary stars from formation to supernova. The equations of stellar structure and their numerical solution are discussed. Recent developments in stellar evolution theory, including brown dwarfs and extrasolar giant planets are presented.
Athena Title:STELLARSTRUCT/EVOLU
Prerequisite:MATH 2700 and PHYS 4101/6101 and PHYS 4201/6201 and PHYS 4701/6701
Pre or Corequisite:PHYS 4202/6202 or PHYS 4702/6702
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 8090. 3 hours.
Course Title:The Interstellar Medium
Course
Description:
Physical processes and phenomena in the interstellar medium including radiative processes; excitation, ionization, and dissociation of atoms and molecules; neutral hydrogen and galactic structure; equilibrium conditions in clouds; interactions of dust with gas and radiation; HII regions; molecular clouds; star formation; planetary nebulae; supernova remnants; cosmic rays and the galactic magnetic field.
Athena Title:THE ISM
Prerequisite:MATH 2700 and PHYS 4101/6101 and PHYS 4202/6202 and PHYS 4702/6702
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 8110. 1 hour. Repeatable for maximum 12 hours credit.
Course Title:Graduate Astronomy Seminar
Course
Description:
Professional skills such as writing and reviewing research and observing proposals, writing and refereeing research papers, making oral presentations of research and of journal articles, and writing brief newspaper and magazine summaries.
Athena Title:GRAD ASTRON SEMINAR
Prerequisite:Permission of department
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
       
Course ID:ASTR 8210. 1 hour. Repeatable for maximum 12 hours credit.
Course Title:Seminar on Special Topics in Astronomy
Course
Description:
Discussion of contemporary topics in astronomy.
Athena Title:ASTRONOMY SEMINAR
Semester Course
Offered:
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System:S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
       
Course ID:ASTR 8270. 3 hours.
Course Title:Extragalactic Astronomy and Observational Cosmology
Course
Description:
Stellar content and dynamics of external galaxies, galaxy types and their evolution, Active Galactic Nuclei and quasars. Topics to be discussed include the extragalactic distance scale, clusters of galaxies, large-scale structure, cosmological models incorporating the microwave background, the early universe and galaxy formation.
Athena Title:EXTASTRO/OBSERVCOSM
Prerequisite:MATH 2700 and PHYS 4101/6101 and PHYS 4202/6202 and PHYS 4702/6702
Semester Course
Offered:
Not offered on a regular basis.
Grading System:A-F (Traditional)
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