For a full description of courses see the registrar's course catalog.
- AST 805: Research Project
- Research project to be completed under the guidance of an astronomy faculty member. Two semesters are required. A oral presentation and defense of the research serves as the comprehensive exam for the graduate astrophysics program.
- AST 810: Radiation Astrophysics
- Transfer of radiation through plasmas and processes for emission and absorption of photons. Interpretation of the spectra of stars, the interstellar medium, and galaxies.
- AST 825: Galactic Astronomy
- The Milky Way as a galaxy. Observations and techniques of theoretical analysis that are used to discover the features of our galaxy.
- AST 835: Extragalactic Astronomy
- Galaxies beyond the Milky Way. Large-scale structure of the universe. Cosmology.
- AST 840: Stars
- Physics of stellar interiors. Methods for calculating stellar models. Principles of stellar evolution.
- AST 860: Gravitational Astrophysics
- Experimental foundations, theory, and applications of gravitational physics and general relativity. Tests of the equivalence principle, modern solar system tests of general relativity, Schwarzschild metric, Hawking effect, Einstein's field equations.