Graduate Courses

Core Curriculum Courses

  • AST 6215 – Stars and the Galaxy
  • AST 6245 – Stellar Atmospheres & Radiative Processes
  • AST 6309 – Extragalactic Astronomy & Cosmology
  • AST 6336 – Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium
  • AST 6725 – Fundamentals of Observational Astronomy

Offered Graduate Courses and Electives

  • AST 6112 – Astrophysics of Planetary Systems (3)
    Systematic examination of formation and current state of planetary systems.

  • AST 6215 – Stars and the Galaxy (3)
    Theoretical approach to the study of stellar structure.

  • AST 6245 – Stellar Atmospheres & Radiative Processes (3)
    Radiative transfer, spectral line formation and broadening, and other topics applicable to stellar atmospheres and photoionized nebulae.

  • AST 6309 – Extragalactic Astronomy & Cosmology (3)
    Observations and interpretations of the kinematics, dynamics, and structure of the Milky Way Galaxy, extragalactic objects, and galaxy clusters.

  • AST 6336 – Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium (3)
    Complex interplay of physical processes that determine the structure of the interstellar medium in our galaxy; emphasis is placed upon a comparison of observational data with theoretical prediction.

  • AST 6415 – Observational Cosmology (3)
    Basic science and observations that underlie modern cosmology.

  • AST 6416 – Physical Cosmology (3)
    Introduction to the observational background and to the theory of cosmology.

  • AST 6725C – Fundamentals of Observational Astronomy (3)
    Overview of techniques associated with observational astronomy.

  • AST 6905 – Individual Work (1-6, max: 12)
    Supervised study or research in areas not covered by other courses.

  • AST 6910 – Supervised Research (1-5, max:5) S/U

  • AST 6925 – Departmental Colloquium (1)
    Coreq: AST 6935, 6936. Intended for first-year graduate students. Presentation of topics by visiting and local researchers. S/U.

  • AST 6935 – Frontiers in Astronomy (1, max:6)
    Coreq: AST 6925, 6936. Recent developments in theoretical and observational astronomy and astrophysics. S/U.

  • AST 6936 – Journal Club (1)
    Coreq: AST 6925, 6935. Intended for first-year graduate students. Discussion of journal articles. S/U.

  • AST 6971 – Research for Master's Thesis (1-15) S/U.

  • AST 4930 – Special Topics in Astronomy (2-4, max: 12)
    Assigned reading, programs, seminar, or lecture series in a new field of advanced astronomy.
    • Active Galaxies
    • Astronomical Instrumentation
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • High Energy Astrophysics
    • Black Holes & Neutron Stars
    • Star Formation
    • Stellar Populations

  • AST 7979 – Advanced Research (1-12)
    Research for doctoral students before admission to candidacy. Designed for students with a master's degree in the field of study or for students who have been accepted for a doctoral program. Not appropriate for students who have been admitted to candidacy. S/U.

  • AST 7980 – Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-15) S/U.