CAS AS101 – The Solar System
The historical development of astronomy and the motion of the planets. The formation of the solar system. The sun and its effects on the earth. Description of the planets and the moons of our solar system including recent results from the space program.
(Fall 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019)
CAS AS102 – The Astronomical Universe
The birth and death of stars. Red giants, white dwarfs, black holes. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, and other galaxies. The Big Bang and other cosmological theories of our expanding universe.
CAS AS 203 Principles of Astronomy II
The celestial sphere; time and calendars; astronomical instruments and techniques; properties of stars; stellar evolution; the Milky Way galaxy; galaxies and quasars.
(Spring 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023)
GRS AS 725 – Gravitational Astrophysics
This course examines astrophysical topics in which gravity plays a dominant role, particularly stellar structure.
GRS AS 791 – Special Topics in Astrophysics
Lecture course examining special topics of current interest in astrophysics. This semester will focus on star and planet formation.
GRS AS 850/851 – Astrophysics Seminar
Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in astrophysics.
(Fall 2018, Spring 2019)