ASTR 6000 Fundamentals of Astrophysics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. This course is prerequisite for all 8000-level astronomy courses. Application of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics to the solution of astrophysical problems.

ASTR 6100 Astronomical Techniques and Instrumentation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Fundamentals and practical application of photography, spectroscopy, photometry, astrometry, interferometry, and current developments in detector technology and telescope design.

ASTR 6300 Teaching Astronomy
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites demonstrated ability in basic astronomy via an undergraduate program or consent of the instructor
Description

Research on student learning, understanding concepts, teaching styles and models, types of tests and other evaluations, and presentation techniques; participation in the faculty enrichment seminars organized by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

ASTR 6310 Teaching Astronomy Lab Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 6300 with grade of C or higher, or consent of the instructor. One half-hour seminar and two laboratory hours a week. Hands-on experience in teaching introductory laboratories; the syllabus will vary according to the specific lab taught.

ASTR 7010 Astronomy for Teachers I
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Designed to give teachers a basic understanding of introductory astronomy, including celestial motions of the stars, sun, moon, and planets; historical development of our understanding of gravitation and orbital motion. Electromagnetic radiation and basic light emitting processes. Telescopes and astronomical instrumentation. Physical nature of the earth, moon, and terrestrial and Jovian planets. Information on teaching resources in astronomy will be available.

ASTR 7020 Astronomy for Teachers II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites ASTR 7010 with grade of C or higher
Description

Designed to extend a teacher’s understanding of our observations of the sun and stars with the derivation of their fundamental properties, including the conditions and fusion reactions below their surfaces. Matter between stars and stellar birth; old-age; and death, including neutron stars and black holes. Our Milky Way and other galaxies; quasars and peculiar galaxies; evidence for and interpretation of an expanding universe. Information on teaching resources will be available.

ASTR 7910 Directed Study in Astronomy for Teachers
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 4.0
Description

Areas of study and credit to be determined by the department.

ASTR 8000 Stellar Atmospheres
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Physics of radiative transfer in stellar atmospheres and the formation of continuous and line spectra with particular emphasis on the spectroscopic analysis of stellar photospheres and chromospheres.

ASTR 8100 Stellar Structure and Evolution
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Applications of the time- dependent equations of stellar structure to models of stellar interiors: thermodynamics, hydrostatics, energy transport, nuclear energy generation, protostars, red giants, white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes.

ASTR 8150 Computational Methods for Physics and Astronomy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Some prior programming experience is expected.
Solving astronomical problems using modern numerical methods, with a practical “hands-on” approach to code-writing. A wide range of subjects will be covered including numerical analysis (integration, differentiation, differential equations), error analysis (error propagation, bootstrapping), modeling and fitting (maximum likelihood, maximum a posteriori), time series analysis (correlations, Fourier transforms, principal component decomposition, wavelets), optimization (root finding, minimization engines), image processing (filtering, registration and comparison, inverse methods) and parallel programming.

ASTR 8200 Galactic Structure
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Structure, kinematics, and dynamics of the Milky Way Galaxy and its various components.

ASTR 8300 The Interstellar Medium
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Physical conditions within the various components of the interstellar medium and the observational approaches to understanding these components.

ASTR 8400 Extragalactic Astronomy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Observed distribution and properties of normal galaxies, active galaxies, and quasars; introduction to cosmology.

ASTR 8500 Binary Stars
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Various observational approaches to the study of binary stars; their formation, evolution, statistics and importance in astrophysics.

ASTR 8600 Stellar Spectroscopy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ASTR 8000 with grade of C or higher
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Multilayer stellar atmosphere models; absorption line formation, deviations from local thermodynamical equilibrium, determination of chemical abundances in stars.

ASTR 8700 Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites PHYS 8100 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent
Description

Four lecture hours a week. Introduction to the theory of general relativity; coordinate systems, tensor analysis, and Einstein’s equation; application to problems of astronomical concern such as neutron stars, black holes, and gravitational radiation; relativistic cosmologies; and physical cosmology, including the Big Bang and the growth of structure in the universe.

ASTR 8710 Research Topics in Astronomy
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Description

Topics related to area of current research to be chosen by the instructor. May be taken more than once for credit if topics are different.

ASTR 8800 Optics in Astronomy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Optical design and Fourier optics with emphasis on astronomical applications: first and third order ray theory results (foci, pupils, stops, and Seidel aberrations); experience with ZEMAX code on a variety of examples will be emphasized; linear systems and Fourier transforms; scalar diffraction theory; and astronomical applications. A class project will be assigned.

ASTR 8850 Planetary Science
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ASTR 6000 or equivalent
Description

Three lecture hours a week. Introduction to the field of planetary science; formation of the solar system, terrestrial, and Jovian planets; detailed discussion of Mars, Jupiter, Europa and Titan; discovery and characterization of extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs; overview of detection methods and analysis of recent discoveries of other solar systems.

ASTR 8900 Seminar in Astronomy
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites departmental consent
Description

Discussion of current research in astronomy. May be repeated for no more than three total credit hours.

ASTR 8910 Directed Study in Astronomy
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Description

Area of study and credit to be determined by the department.

ASTR 9999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Description