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 6200 Applications in Modern Astronomy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course presents an overview of modern astrophysical phenomena with an introduction to astronomical databases, plotting tools, data manipulation and visualization, and numerical analysis techniques. The course will emphasize data-driven problem solving, hands-on computational skills, and critical thinking. Cross-listed with ASTR 4200. Three lecture hours a week.

ASTR 6300 Teaching Astronomy
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

Course provides a theoretical and practical foundation for science teaching. Topics include univocal and dialogic discourse, questioning strategies, Blooms taxonomy, mental models, formative assessment and bridging, the resource framework, motivation and cooperative learning, argumentation, metacognition, nature of science, and qualities of effective teachers. Two lecture hours per week.

ASTR 6310 Teaching Astronomy Lab Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

Students will practice teaching astronomy lessons and apply science teaching theories and methods learned in ASTR 6300. One and one half hours per week.

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 - 4.0
Description

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

ASTR 8000 Stellar Atmospheres and Spectroscopy
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

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. Topics include extended atmospheres, deviations from local thermodynamical equilibrium, determination of chemical abundances in stars, and the analysis of atmospheric motions. Four lecture hours a week.

ASTR 8100 Stellar Structure and Evolution
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

The concepts of thermodynamics, hydrostatics, energy transport, and nuclear energy generation are developed to understand the structures of stars. Time-dependent versions of these relations are then used to understand star formation, stellar evolution, red giants, white dwarfs, and supernovae. Four lecture hours a week.

ASTR 8120 Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 8100 and PHYS 8110 with grades of B- or higher
Description

This course provides an introduction to the physics of plasmas, with an emphasis on developing a physical understanding of the non-intuitive nature of plasmas, and acquiring the basic techniques required for carrying out research in plasma physics.

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 8700 Observational Cosmology
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Standard Big Bang model of the universe with emphasis on observational evidence and constraints on cosmological parameters. Expansion history, primordial nucleosynthesis, cosmic microwave background, inflation, structure formation, dark matter and dark energy. Four lecture hours a week.

ASTR 8710 Research Topics in Astronomy
Credit Hours 1.0 - 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 - 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 - 6.0
Description

Area of study and credit to be determined by the department. May include attendance and participation in seminars, colloquia, or other departmental scientific activities.

ASTR 9999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 15.0
Description