ASTR 1000 Introduction to the Universe
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours a week. A survey of the universe, examining the historical origins of astronomy; the motions and physical properties of the Sun, Moon, and planets; the formation, evolution, and death of stars; and the structure of galaxies and the expansion of the universe.

ASTR 1010 Astronomy of the Solar System
Credit Hours 3.0
Corequisites ASTR 1010L
Description

Astronomy from early ideas of the cosmos to modern observational techniques. The solar system planets, satellites, and minor bodies. The origin and evolution of the solar system.

ASTR 1010K Astronomy of the Solar System
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Astronomy from early ideas of the cosmos to modern observational techniques. The solar system planets, satellites, and minor bodies. The origin and evolution of the solar system. Includes a laboratory component.

ASTR 1010L Astronomy Of The Solar System Lab
Credit Hours 1.0
Corequisites ASTR 1010
Description

This is the laboratory to accompany ASTR 1010.

ASTR 1020 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ASTR 1010K or ASTR 1010 and ASTR 1010L with a D or higher
Corequisites ASTR 1020L
Description

The study of the sun and stars, their physical properties and evolution, interstellar matter, start clusters, our galaxy and other galaxies, and the origin and evolution of the universe.

ASTR 1020K Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Astr1010K or Astr1010 and Astr1010L with grades of D or higher
Description

The study of the Sun and stars, their physical properties and evolution, interstellar matter, star clusters, our galaxy and other galaxies, and the origin and evolution of the universe. Includes a laboratory component.

ASTR 1020L Stellar and Galactic Astronomy Laboratory
Credit Hours 1.0
Corequisites ASTR 1020
Description

This is the laboratory to accompany ASTR 1020.

ASTR 1500 Life in the Universe
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The course examines the possibility of life in the Universe beyond Earth. Techniques used to explore environments potentially suitable for life in our Solar System, as well as to discover and characterize thousands of planets orbiting other stars will be discussed. Connections to organisms surviving extreme environments on Earth will provide context for the many possibilities of life on other worlds. Three lecture hours a week.

ASTR 3500 Quantitative Astronomy
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites PHYS 2212K with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

Four lecture hours a week. An intermediate-level course that uses the tools of calculus-based physics to explore the properties of planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe.

ASTR 3510 Astrophysics of Stars and Planets
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 2212K with a C or higher, or consent of instructor
Description

This class is the first of a two-semester sequence designed to provide a technical introduction to the modern science of astronomy and astrophysics. Topics will include a survey of astronomical tools and methods, the physics of radiation and matter interactions, the Earth-Moon System, Solar System structure, formation, and membership, exoplanets, and the properties of the Sun and stars. To teach this course, the instructor will rely on calculus-based physics to explain the motions and properties of celestial objects. Three lecture hours a week.

ASTR 3520 Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ASTR 3510 with a C or higher
Description

The class is the second of a two-semester sequence designed to provide a technical introduction to the modern science of astronomy and astrophysics. Topics will include the structure and properties of stellar atmospheres and interiors, star formation, stellar evolution, the Milky Way galaxy, properties of galaxies, large scale structure of the Universe, and cosmology. To teach this course, the instructor will rely on calculus-based physics to explain the motions and properties of celestial objects. Three lecture hours a week.

ASTR 4100 Astronomical Techniques and Instrumentation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 3401 and ASTR 3510 C or higher
Description

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

ASTR 4200 Astronomical Data Analytics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PHYS 3401 and ASTR 3510 with a C or higher
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. Three lecture hours a week.

ASTR 4500 Special Topics in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Topics of special interest in astronomy and astrophysics as may fit the needs and interests of students and faculty. Topics may be in the fields of planetary astronomy, exoplanets, astrobiology, stellar and galactic astronomy, extra-galactic astronomy, and cosmology.

ASTR 4870 Honors Thesis I
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of the instructor and the Honors College
Description

Readings or research preparatory to honors thesis or project. Signature Experience course.

ASTR 4880 Honors Thesis II
Credit Hours 1.0 - 6.0
Prerequisites Good standing with the Honors College and consent of the instructor and the Honors College
Description

Writing or production of honors thesis or project. Signature Experience course.

ASTR 4995 Directed Readings B.I.S.-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Description

Directed Readings designed for Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies students.
This course may satisfy the junior and/or senior-level Critical Thinking Through Writing requirements. This course may include a Signature Experience component.