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ASTR 105. Astrobiology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the universe, astronomical constraints on life, and the scientific techniques used to search for extraterrestrial life on planets and moons.
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


ASTR 106. Concepts of the Solar System

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The appearance of the sky, constellation identification, history of astronomy, planetary motion, physical properties of planets, the moon, sun, and minor bodies, telescopes. The planetarium will normally be used as an integral part of this course.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


ASTR 107. Concepts of Stars and the Universe

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Scale of the universe; distance, structure, and evolution of stars; the Milky Way and other galaxies; cosmology, life in the universe.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


ASTR 120. Archaeoastronomy (Diversity)

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Comparative study of the astronomies, cosmologies, and sciences of ancient civilizations. How the physical environment affected observations. Connections between science and religion.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES| GOAL AREA 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES


ASTR 205. General Astronomy

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Basic properties and physical processes of the solar system, stars, and stellar systems.
Prerequisites: PHYS 231 or PHYS 234
Semester Offered: Fall
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


ASTR 311. Solar System Astronomy

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Physical processes in the solar system. Application of physics to the study of the motions, atmospheres, structure, and composition of bodies in the solar system.
Prerequisites: PHYS 235
Semester Offered: Odd Fall


ASTR 312. Stellar Astronomy

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Physical processes in stars and stellar systems. Stellar astronomy and applications of physical principles.
Prerequisites: PHYS 235
Semester Offered: Even Spring


ASTR 323. Observational Astronomy

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Modern astronomical observing techniques and instrumentation. Coordinate systems, telescope design, detector systems, error analysis, photometry, spectroscopy, and imaging.
Prerequisites: PHYS 235
Semester Offered: Even Fall


ASTR 405. Introduction to Planetarium Operation

Credits: 1 View Details
Description: Use of the planetarium projector to show important sky motions, appearance of the sky from different places on the Earth, seasonal passage and bright constellations. Student will create and perform a planetarium program.
Prerequisites: ASTR 311 or equivalent or consent
Semester Offered: DEMAND


ASTR 421. Selected Topics in Astronomy

Credits: 1-3 View Details
Description: Lectures, readings and/or discussion on selected topics in astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science. May be repeated to maximum of 6 credits.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


ASTR 427. Galaxies and Cosmology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Galactic structure and kinematics; properties and evolution of galaxies and quasars; the basic principles of cosmology.
Prerequisites: PHYS 235
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


ASTR 444. Internship

Credits: 1-16 View Details
Description: Internships are offered at the discretion of departments. Course number and number of credits determined by the departments. Contact departmental offices for further information. 16 credits maximum in any one program.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer


ASTR 485. Workshop: Observational Astronomy

Credits: 1 View Details
Description: Designs of small telescopes and their operation, techniques for locating and observing astronomical objects with a small telescope.
Prerequisites: ASTR 205 or consent
Semester Offered: Summer


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