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Elmentary course for non-science majors
Approach is essentially nonmathematical. Survey of the nature and motions of the planets, the sun, the stars, and their lives, galaxies, and the structure of the universe. Black holes, pulsars, quasars, and other objects of special interest included.
This course is a prerequisite for: ASTR 113
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
Broad look at astronomy for non-science majors.
Approach is essentially non-mathematical, but simple algebra is employed where appropriate. Sun and solar system, the stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Black holes, pulsars, quasars, and other objects of special interest included. Emphasis on both "what is out there" and "how we know it".
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
ASTR 103 or permission.
A nonmathematical continuation and extension of ASTR 103, designed for students who would like a more detailed look at specific areas in astronomy. Possible topics: astronomy and relativity; life in the universe; pulsars, quasars, and black holes; evolution of galaxies, origin of the universe.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
ASTR 204 is an introductory course designed for science majors.
Survey of the sun, the solar system, stellar properties, stellar systems, interstellar matter, galaxies, and cosmology.
This course is a prerequisite for: ASTR 224, ASTR 403, ASTR 404, ASTR 405, ASTR 407, ASTR 498
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
Parallel ASTR 204.
Telescopic observations and laboratory experiments relating to observational astronomy. Obtaining digital astronomical images, the analysis of the resulting data and its astrophysical interpretation.
This course is a prerequisite for: ASTR 204
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ASTR 204 and PHYS 213, and permission.
Introduction to the techniques for determining constituents and dynamics of our galaxy, including interstellar matter and theories of spiral arm formation. Extragalactic topics include basic characteristics of galaxies, active galaxies, quasars, evolution, and the cosmological distance scale.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ASTR 404/804
Prereqs:
ASTR 204; PHYS 213; and permission.
Stellar atmospheres, interiors, and evolution. Theoretical and observational aspects of stellar astronomy. The relation between observed parameters and theoretical parameters, star formation, stellar energy generation, and degenerate stars.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Celestial mechanics; tidal effects; planetary interiors; atmospheres and surfaces; comets; asteroids; and the origin of the solar system. Applying physics to the solution of solar system problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Gaseous nebulae, interstellar dust, interstellar clouds and star forming regions. Theoretical and observational aspects of the various components of the interstellar medium. Includes the physics of emission nebulae, the properties of the interstellar dust, interstellar molecules and the properties of clouds in which star formation occurs.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ASTR 498/898
Prereqs:
ASTR 204 and permission.
Special topics not covered in other 400-level ASTR courses.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Offered as the need arises to treat special topics in astronomy not covered in other 900-level courses.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom