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Related Courses

The Department of Physics offers a number of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Undergraduate Courses

Catalog Number/Name


AST 1002/AST 1002L: Descriptive Astronomy/Lab

An introductory survey of our universe. Topics include the formation and evolution of the universe, including planets, stars, galaxies, and black holes. This course and lab satisfy the Group One Natural Science requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

AST 2003/AST 2003L: Solar System Astronomy/Lab

General principles of Astronomy with emphasis on the structure and evolution of the Solar System, the laws of planetary motion, and the physical aspects of the sun, planets, and interplanetary debris. This course and lab satisfy the Group Two Natural Science requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

AST 3213: Modern Astrophysics

An introduction to the structure of stars and galaxies and the evolution of the universe as a whole. Topics will include atomic spectra, stellar classifications, galactic structure, and cosmology. Pre/Corequisites: PHY 2048 and PHY 2049

AST 3722/AST 3722L: Observational Astronomy/Lab

Observational astronomical techniques from radio to x-rays including CCD Imaging, Photometry, and Spectroscopy.

Lab: Covers acquisition, reduction and interpretation of astronomical data using telescopes and computers.

Pre/Corequisites: PHY 2049. AST 3722 (lecture) is the corequisite for AST 3722L (lab).

PHY 4905, 4906, 4907: Independent Study

The student works under the supervision of a faculty member on subject matter of mutual interest. Instructor's permission required.

Graduate Courses

Catalog Number/Name


AST 5215: Stellar Astrophysics

Topics in Stellar Astrophysics. Emphasis on current stellar structure, evolution models and the underlying observational data.

AST 5405: Extragalactic Astrophysics

Topics in extragalactic astrophysics. Emphasis on galactic structure and evolution, quasars and cosmology.

AST 5507: Celestial Mechanics

Principles of classical Newtonian mechanics applied to the motions of planets, satellites, and interplanetary space probes.

PHY 6939: Graduate Research

Research at the graduate level in theoretical or experimental physics under faculty supervision. Repeatable.

PHY 6970/6971: Master's Thesis Research

Research toward completion of Master’s Thesis.

PHY 6981: PhD Dissertation Research

Original research work towards completion of dissertation and presentation and defense of dissertation.