Astronomy Courses

    ASTR 260 - Archaeoastronomy
    Hours: 3
    Archaeoastronomy - Three semester hours A course designed to study specific ancient structures and their associations with astronomical events. Topics will include many ancient sites including Paleolithic structures like Stonehenge, Mayan, Aztec, Native American culture, and the pyramids of Egypt.

    ASTR 310 - Observational Astronomy
    Hours: 4
    Observational Astronomy - Four semester hours (3 lecture, 2 lab) This class focuses on astronomical observation techniques and analysis of data including practical experience with modern telescopes and imaging devices, computer-based reduction and analysis, and interpretation of astronomical data. Pre-requisite: ASTR 1411 or ASTR 1412

    ASTR 337 - Introduction to Astrophysics
    Hours: 3
    Introduction to Astrophysics - Three semester hours This class provides an introduction to the physical laws governing the celestial mechanics of the planets, stars, galaxies, and structure of the universe. It will include a study of star formation, interstellar medium, orbital dynamics, stellar evolution. Pre-requisite: ASTR 1411 or ASTR 1412 or Instructor's approval

    ASTR 450 - Nuclear Astrophysics
    Hours: 3
    Nuclear Astrophysics - Three semester hours Nuclear astrophysics describes the elemental and energy production in stars via nuclear reactions. It explains the occurrence of all the naturally occurring chemical elements in the universe from the simplest elements to the most complex. It also explains how astrophysical neutrinos [from the sun, cosmic rays and supernovae] are produced and detected and what they have to say about both neutrinos and the universe. Nuclear astrophysics also describes how the structure of compact stars (e.g. neutron stars) arises due to the interactions of protons, neutrons, electrons, and quarks and gluons. The course will also explain how the Universe evolved from a primordial state to the present epoch and will focus on the predictions that nuclear physics offers for the observed astronomical data of the ratio between matter and radiation and the abundances of the observed elements. Pre-requisites : PHYS 321

    ASTR 489 - Independent Study
    Hours: 4

    ASTR 490 - Honors Thesis
    Hours: 3

    ASTR 491 - H Ind Honors Readings
    Hours: 3

    ASTR 497 - Special Topics
    Hours: 4
    Special Topics. One to Four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary. Some sections are graded on a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) basis.

    ASTR 1411 - Astronomy of Solar System
    Hours: 4
    ASTR 101(PHYS 1411) Four semester hours (3 lecture, 2 lab) A basic introductory course in the astronomy of the solar system. Included are a study of the sun, the planets and their satellites, comets, and other members of the solar system, and the inter-planetary medium. The use of appropriate scientific tools for the study of the solar system will be examined. Theories on the evolution and origin of the solar system will be examined within the context of supporting evidence. One two-hour laboratory per week, including night telescope viewing sessions.

    ASTR 1412 - Introduction to Stars and the Universe
    Hours: 4
    ASTR 102 (1412) - Fours semester hours A descriptive survey of astronomy with emphasis on modern developments in stellar and galactic astronomy and the role of physical science in the measurement and interpretation of astronomical data. Included are studies of structure and evolution of stars and galaxies and of current cosmological theories. Prerequisite No.