Courses in Astronomy

 

AST 1010: Introduction to Astronomy I (3)
Pre- or corequisite: MTH 1010
The first semester of a year-long introductory course in astronomy. This semester covers the celestial sphere, the formation of the solar system, the interiors, surfaces and atmospheres of the planets, the formation of moons and ring systems, the asteroids, comets, and Pluto. Three lecture hours.

AST 1011: Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory I (1)
Pre- or corequisite: AST 1010
Laboratory component of AST 1010. In addition to lab exercises which will complement the AST 1010 lecture material, this course focuses on practical observing skills such as naked eye observations of the night sky and the use of telescopes. Three laboratory hours.

AST 1020: Introduction to Astronomy II (3)
Prerequisite: AST 1010
The second semester of a year-long introductory course in astronomy. This semester covers stars, galaxies and quasars, and the universe, including the birth of the universe in the Big Bang and its ultimate fate. Three lecture hours.

AST 1021: Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory II (1)
Prerequisite: AST 1011 A continuation of AST 1011.
We will continue to do lab exercises to complement the lecture material in AST 1020, but our observing focus will shift to deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulae, and quasars. This semester will include the collection and analysis of astronomical data using the telescope. Three laboratory hours.

AST 1950, 1951: Special Topics in Astronomy (1-3, 1-3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
An introductory level special topics course.

AST 4950, 4951: Special Topics in Astronomy (1-3, 1-3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Pursuit of some subject which is not normally covered in regularly scheduled classes. (May be used in the Physics minor.)

 

 

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