For a full description of courses, including prerequisites, see the registrar's course catalog.
- AST 207: The Science of Astronomy
- In-depth study of one topic in astronomy with emphasis on key discoveries. Topics may be cosmology, the solar system, and the life of stars.
- AST 208: Planets and Telescopes
- Origin and nature of the solar system. Planets of the solar system and other star systems. Determination of time and celestial coordinates. Astronomical instruments and observational methods.
- AST 304: Stars
- Physical processes that determine the structure and evolution of stars. Observations of stars and star clusters. Spectra of stars.
- AST 308: Galaxies and Cosmology
- The Milky Way. Structure and content of galaxies. Active galaxies and quasars. The expanding universe. Modern cosmological models.
- AST 410: Senior Thesis
- Design and execute an original experiment or computation. A written and oral report of the research is required.
- AST 101: The Celestial Clockworks
- Relationship between ancient skylore and timekeeping. Establishment of a calendar and celestial navigation. Development of the Greek horoscope as a time recorder and coordinate system.
- ISP 205: Visions of the Universe
- Role of observation, theory, philosophy, and technology in the development of the modern conception of the universe. The Copernican Revolution. Birth and death of stars. Spaceship Earth. Cosmology and time.
- ISP 205L: Visions of the Universe Laboratory
- Observations of the sky, laboratory experiments, and computer simulations exploring the development of the modern conception of the universe.