Faculty Course Sites

AST 100 Survey of the Universe
Discover how the forces of nature shape our understanding of the cosmos. Explore the origin, structure, and evolution of the earth, moons and planets, comets and asteroids, the sun and other stars, star clusters, the Milky Way and other galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and the universe as a whole. Designed for non-science majors.

AST 101  Survey of the Universe with Lab
Discover how the forces of nature shape our understanding of the cosmos. Explore the origin, structure, and evolution of the earth, moons and planets, comets and asteroids, the sun and other stars, star clusters, the Milky Way and other galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and the universe as a whole. In lab, learn the constellations and how to use the telescopes. Use them to observe celestial objects, including the moon, the sun, the planets, nebulae and galaxies. Learn celestial coordinate and timekeeping systems. Find out how telescopes work.

AST 223 Planetary Science
This intermediate-level course covers fundamentals of spectroscopy, remote sensing, and planetary surfaces.  Discussions will include interiors, atmospheres, compositions, origins, and evolution of terrestrial planets, satellites, asteroids, comets, and planetary rings.

AST 228 Astrophysics 1: Stars and Galaxies
A calculus-based introduction to the properties, structure, formation and evolution of stars and galaxies.

AST 330 Topics in Astrophysics Seminar on Mars 
In-class discussions will be used to formulate a set of problems, each designed to illuminate a significant aspect of the topic at hand. The problems will be difficult and broad in scope: their solutions, worked out individually and in class discussions, will constitute the real work of the course. Students will gain experience in both oral and written presentation. Topics vary from year to year.