Courses for Science Majors

Astronomy courses for science majors

Astronomy courses for majors and interested students with more background in science and math cover similar topics, but at greater depth and from a physical science perspective. Students learn analytical and quantitative thinking skills as well as the latest in astronomy and astrophysics research.

AST-A 221 General Astronomy I

is an introduction to modern astronomy and astrophysics, including basic principles of mechanics, gravity, optics, radiation, and observational and experimental methods. A main theme is to explore how these principles affect the evolution of our scientific understanding of astronomical phenomena.

AST-A 222 General Astronomy II

applies basic principles of gravity, mechanics, optics, and radiation to modern astronomy and astrophysics. Topics typically include stars, stellar populations, interstellar matter, galaxies, cosmology, and observational astronomy from radio to gamma rays.

AST-A 305 Modern Observational Techniques

is a one semester course in which telescopes, astronomical imaging, spectroscopic and photoelectric observations and reductions are taught.

AST-A 405 Computational Astrophysics

helps students build a computational skill set that can be used for carrying out research projects in astronomy/astrophysics or other fields. The course overs a range of topics, from the sources of astronomical data to the presentation of the results.

AST-A 450 Galactic Astrophysics

covers Galactic structure, kinematics, chemical properties, stellar populations, and theories of formation and evolution of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies.

AST-A 451 Stellar Astrophysics

applies basic physical principles to investigation of the solar system, stars, stellar evolution, and the Milky Way galaxy.

AST-A 452 Extragalactic Astrophysics

applies basic physical principles to understand galaxy formation, galaxy evolution, large scale structure, and cosmology.

AST-A 453 Topics in Astrophysics

covers topics in astrophysics not covered extensively by other courses. Possible topics include celestial mechanics, astrobiology, stellar interiors, stellar atmospheres, stellar populations, galaxy dynamics, and cosmology.