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Astronomy Graduate Courses

ASTR 5201 - Stellar Astrophysics and Radiation

Introduction to radiative transfer, including radiation mechanisms, and formation of spectral lines; discusses the physics of the cold interstellar medium and its relationship to star formation; and provides an overview of stellar evolution and stellar remnants, including white dwarfs, supernovae, and neutron stars.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

ASTR 5202 - Interstellar Medium and Galaxies

Analyzes the physics of the warm and hot interstellar medium, including photoionization, thermal equilibrium, and shocks; provides an overview of the structure and dynamics of the Milky Way and other galaxies; discusses Galaxy formation and evolution, and its relationship to galaxy clusters and large-scale structure; and provides an introduction to the physics of active galactic nuclei.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

ASTR 5271 - Observational Astrophysics

Provides a high-level introduction to modern observational techniques and instrumentation. Topics covered include use of CCDs for optical observations; factors determining measurement signal-to-noise ratio; detection and measurement methods for optical imaging of astronomical sources; factors determining experimental design; and special considerations for radio and space-based observations. During the course of the semester students carry out an observational project, including project conception, data acquisition and analysis, and presentation of results.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 1.0 independent study

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

ASTR 5900 - Special Topics in Astronomy

Specific course content will vary with offering.

Credits: 1 - 15

Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I