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Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO)

ASTRO 001 (GN) Astronomical Universe (3) The development of modern understanding of the astronomical universe from planets and stars to galaxies and cosmology. Student who have passed ASTRO 005, ASTRO 006, or ASTRO 010 may not take this course for credit.
Effective: Fall 2009
 

ASTRO 001H (GN) Astronomical Universe (3) The development of modern understanding of the astronomical universe from planets and stars to galaxies and cosmology. Students who have passed ASTRO 005, ASTRO 006, or ASTRO 010 may not take this course for credit.
Effective: Fall 2009
 

ASTRO 005 (GN) The Sky and Planets (3) The development of our modern understanding of the visible sky and planetary systems. Students who have passed ASTRO 001 or ASTRO 010 may not take this course for credit.
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: Students who have passed ASTRO 001 or ASTRO 010 may not take this course.  

ASTRO 006 (GN) Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (3) The development of our modern understanding of stars, galaxies, and the astronomical universe. Students who have passed ASTRO 001 or ASTRO 010 may not take this course for credit.
Effective: Summer 2008
Prerequisite: Students who have passed ASTRO 001 and ASTRO 010 may not take this course.  

ASTRO 010 (GN) Elementary Astronomy (2) Introductory survey of modern astronomy from planets and stars to galaxies and the universe. Students who have passed ASTRO 001, ASTRO 005, or ASTRO 006 may not take this course for credit. Students may not receive General Education credit for ASTRO 010 unless they also take ASTRO 011.
Effective: Fall 2009
 

ASTRO 011 (GN) Elementary Astronomy Laboratory (1) Selected experiments and explorations to illustrate major astronomical principles and techniques. Telescopes observations of planets, stars and nebulae.
Effective: Fall 2004
Prerequisite: or concurrent:ASTRO 001 orASTRO 010  

ASTRO 020S First-Year Astronomy Seminar (2) Introduction to the study of modern astronomy through discussions, activities, and writing.
Effective: Summer 1999
 

ASTRO 097 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1992
 

ASTRO 120 (GN) The Big Bang Universe (3) Exploration of cosmology, birth, and ultimate fate of the universe; origin of galaxies, quasars, and dark matter. For non-science majors.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: ASTRO 001, ASTRO 006 orASTRO 010  

ASTRO 130 (GN) Black Holes in the Universe (3) The predicted properties of black holes and the astronomical evidence for their existence are investigated in the context of modern ideas about space, time, and gravity.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: ASTRO 001, ASTRO 006 orASTRO 010  

ASTRO 140 (GN) Life in the Universe (3) The problem of the existence of life beyond Earth is investigated, drawing from recent research in astronomy and other fields. For non-science majors.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: ASTRO 001, ASTRO 005 orASTRO 010  

ASTRO 199 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

ASTRO 291 (GN) Astronomical Methods and the Solar System (3) Physical processes and observational techniques in astronomical systems, characteristics of the sun, planets, and moons.
Effective: Spring 2002
Prerequisite: PHYS 211  

ASTRO 292 (GN) Astronomy of the Distant Universe (3) Observed properties and astrophysical understanding of stars, stellar evolution, galaxies, the large-scale universe, and cosmology.
Effective: Spring 2002
Prerequisite: ASTRO 291  

ASTRO 296 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Summer 1991
 

ASTRO 297 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1991
 

ASTRO 320 (GN) Observational Astronomy Laboratory (2) Basic observational astronomy techniques introduced through observational exercises, lab experiments, and lectures on relevant statistical techniques.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: ASTRO 291  

ASTRO 399 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

ASTRO 400H Honors Seminar (1 per semester, maximum of 2) Presentations of various branches and modes of modern astrophysical research, based on lectures, visits to telescopes and facilities, and discussions.
Effective: Spring 2003
Prerequisite: ASTRO 292  

ASTRO 401 Fundamentals of Planetary Science and Astronomy (4) Overview of the techniques used and results from studies of the Solar System, stars, and galaxies.
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: ASTRO 001, ASTRO 005, ASTRO 006 orASTRO 010;MATH 140  

ASTRO 402W Astronomical Telescopes, Techniques, and Data Analysis (3) Properties and use of optical telescopes, imaging and spectroscopy, multi-wavelength techniques, data analysis and statistics, practical research methods.
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: ASTRO 001 orASTRO 005 orASTRO 006 orASTRO 010 andASTRO 011 orASTRO 291;MATH 140  

ASTRO 410 Computational Astrophysics (3) Applications of numerical methods and computer programming to astrophysics, including stellar physics and cosmology.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: CMPSC 201 orCMPSC 121;PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214  

ASTRO 414 Stellar Structure and Evolution (3) Theory of Stellar structure and evolution including energy generation and transport and an examination of stellar models.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: ASTRO 292, MATH 230, PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214, PHYS 237  

ASTRO 420W Planets and Planetary System Formation (3) Solar system properties, star formation, protoplanetary disks and planet formation, solar system model, extrasolar planets, and astrobiology.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: ASTRO 292  

ASTRO 440 Introduction to Astrophysics (3) Theoretical investigation of physical processes in astronomical objects and systems; modern physical interpretation of astronomical phenomena.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: MATH 230, PHYS 237  

ASTRO 451 Astronomical Techniques (3) Practical methods of modern observational astronomy, detectors, filters, instrumentation for both ground-based and space observations, and data analysis.
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214  

ASTRO 475W Stars and Galaxies (3) Astronomical studies concerning the distribution and evolution of stars and gas in our and other galaxies.
Effective: Fall 1993
Prerequisite: ASTRO 292  

ASTRO 480 Nebulae, Galaxies, and Cosmology (3) Emission-line spectroscopy, structure and evolution of galaxies, physics of galactic nuclei and quasars, observational cosmology.
Effective: Spring 2002
Prerequisite: ASTRO 292, PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214  

ASTRO 485 Introduction to High-Energy Astronomy (3) The study of black holes, neutron stars, white dwarfs, supernova remnants, and extragalactic objects through x-ray and gamma ray observations.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: PHYS 237  

ASTRO 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Summer 1991
 

ASTRO 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1991
 

ASTRO 499 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

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