Complete Course Listing

 

AST 1072      Birth & Death of Stars

Description:     The life cycles of the stars from birth in dark, dense interstellar clouds to death in nature's most violent cataclysms. Topics include: formation of the chemical elements; effects of nearby supernovae; future of the Sun; ultimate fate of the Earth.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       VSB Social/Natural Science

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

 

AST 1074      Planetary Skies and Landscapes

Description:     A study of the surfaces and atmospheres of other worlds and how they compare to Earth. Physical processes which shape planetary interiors and surfaces; atmosphere and climate evolution; formation of the Solar System; properties of "solar systems" around other stars.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       VSB Social/Natural Science

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

 

AST 1076      How Old is the Universe?

Description:     Explores one of the most basic questions in modern astronomy. Evidence from the Earth, Moon, and meterorites will be examined, along with that from stars, white dwarfs, and the Universe itself. Includes an overview of the formation and evolution of the Universe.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       VSB Social/Natural Science

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

 

AST 1078      Life in the Universe

Description:     Discusses Earthly "life as we know it," then considers the possibilities of biological life elsewhere in the Solar System - and beyond. Describes the general conditions favoring planetary habitability, planetary detection techniques, and the likelihood of finding intelligent extraterrestrial life.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       VSB Social/Natural Science

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

 

AST 2120      Sun and Stars

Description:     A technical study of the Sun and other stars; their internal constitutions and atmospheres, life cycles and evolutionary processes, memberships in groups, the radiations they produce, and the manner in which astronomers quantify their characteristics.  3.00credit(s)

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Sciences Engineering

Prerequisites:  MAT 1310 or MAT 1320 or MAT 1330 or MAT 1400 or MAT 1500

 

AST 2121      Solar System Astronomy

Description:     The science of the solar system. Early ideas of the nature of the solar system; the dynamics and compositions of the planets; atmospheric evolution and maintenance. How comets and meteorites reveal the structures of the primitive solar system.  3.00credit(s)

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Sciences Engineering

Prerequisites:  MAT 1310 or MAT 1320 or MAT 1330 or MAT 1400 or MAT 1500

 

AST 2122      Understanding Our Universe

Description:     A study of the formation and evolution of the Universe. Emphasis on the observational evidence leading to the Big Bang Theory, inflation, dark matter, and dark energy. Current model of the universe described and evidence for the "multiverse" discussed.  3.00credit(s)

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Sciences Engineering

 

AST 2123      Astrodynamics: Kepler & Beyond

Description:     Intermediate Newtonian dynamics: description of motion under forces as functions of position, time, velocity. Motion in one and three dimensions, the Kepler problem, gravitation, and the restricted three-body problem.  3.00credit(s)

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Sciences Engineering

Prerequisites:  MAT 1310 or MAT 1320 or MAT 1330 or MAT 1400 or MAT 1500

 

AST 2133      Observational Lab I

Description:     Astronomical instruments, methods of observing, reduction of observations, and discussion of astronomical data. Observations include CCD imaging, spectroscopy, and photoelectric photometry using the observatory reflector and Schmidt telescopes. Two hours per week in the laboratory in addition to the observing time necessary to complete the assigned projects. Corerquisite or prerequisite: AST 2120.  2.00credit(s)

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

Prerequisites: 

 

AST 2134      Observational Lab II

Description:     Continuation of AST 2122.  2.00credit(s)

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

Prerequisites:  Undergraduate level AST 2133 Minimum Grade of D-

 

AST 3141      Galactic Astronomy

Description:     The nature, distribution, and motions of the constituents of the Galaxy; the major star system in which our Sun is located the stars, the gas and dust, star clusters, etc.; stellar distance determination, distribution of stars and gas, stellar kinematics, galactic dynamics, galactic radio emission, cosmic rays, and evolution of galaxies. 3.00credit(s)

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

Prerequisites:   One year of mathematics or physics and AST 2120 and AST 2122.

 

AST 3142      Intro to Astrophysics

Description:     Theories of stellar atmospheres, line-broadening and formation, radiative transfer, theoretical spectra, and the theory of stellar interiors are covered. Fundamental stellar timescales, thermonuclear reactions, evolutionary models, stellar pulsations, novae and supernovae.  3.00credit(s)

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

Prerequisites:  Undergraduate level AST 2120 Minimum Grade of D- or Undergraduate level AST 2122 Minimum Grade of D- and Undergraduate level PHY 2410 Minimum Grade of D-

 

AST 3143      Astrobiology, Planets, & Life

Description:     Are we alone? Does life exist elsewhere in the Universe? Focus on the origin of life on Earth and the possibility of life in the Solar System and beyond. Topics include: Planetary-Habitability, Exoplanets, Astro/Exobiology, Extremophiles, Techniques, and searches for Extraterrestrial-Intelligence.  3.00credit(s)

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

 

AST 3162      High Energy Astrophysics Topics

Description:     Classes of astronomical sources detected at ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma-ray wavelengths and the physical processes behind these emissions: stellar coronae and stellar flares, cataclysmic binaries, supernovae, accretion disks around neutron stars and black holes, X-ray bursters, active galactic nuclei, QSO's, BL Lac objects, and gamma-ray bursters. Prereq: One year of mathematics or university level physics, plus 2120.  3.00credit(s) 3.00 lecture hours

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

Prerequisites:  Undergraduate level PHY 2410 Minimum Grade of D- and Undergraduate level PHY 2412 Minimum Grade of D- and Undergraduate level AST 2120 Minimum Grade of D-

 

AST 4121      Undergrad Research I

Description:     Student participation in departmental or independent research under faculty supervision; frequent conferences on literature search, research techniques, experimental procedures and results.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       A&S Research Requirement, Writing Enriched Requirement

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

 

AST 4122      Undergrad Research II

Description:     Continuation of AST 4121.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       A&S Research Requirement, Writing Intensive Requirement

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

 

METEOROLOGY SEQUENCE

 

MET 1221    Severe & Hazardous Weather

Description:     This introductory meterorology course covers the fundamentals of meteorology with emphasis on severe and hazardous weather and effects of these on human life, environment and the economy. Severe storms that include tropical cyclones (hurricanes), extratropical cyclones, "Nor-easters", thunderstorms, lightning, tornados, and blizzards are featured. Floods, droughts, cold waves and heat waves are covered and their effects on health, agriculture and commerce are discussed. Also included are causes and effects of climate change with emphasis on the recent global warming trends over the last century. The consequences of global warming on the global economy will be stressed.  3.00credit(s)

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

Prerequisites: 

 

MET 1222    Climate Change: Past & Present

Description:     Earth's climate and climate changes. Past climates (Paleoclimatology), major Ice Ages over the last billion years, methods for reconstructing past climates, including radio isotopic techniques. Fossil, geological, sedimentary, flora and fauna and documentary records. Physical causes of climate changes, recent warming trends in global climate (both natural and anthropogenic), future global climate (short- and long- term) and climate models. Possible effects of global climate change on our environment and resulting economic and geopolitical consequences.  3.00credit(s)

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

Prerequisites:  MAT 1310 or MAT 1320 or MAT 1330 or MAT 1500 or MAT 1400

 

MENDEL SCIENCE EXPERIENCE COURSES

 

MSE 2100    AST: Birth and Death of Stars

Description:     A study of the fundamental properties of the Sun and stars. The formation of stars, their energy generation, evolution, and death - leading to the formation of exotic new objects such as white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       Astronomy & Astrophysics

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Arts

Corequisites:   MSE 2151

 

MSE 2101    AST: Life in the Universe

Description:     A study of the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the possibilities of life in the Solar System and among the stars. The conditions leading to planetary habitability and how life outside the Solar System might be detected.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       Astronomy & Astrophysics

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Arts

Corequisites:   MSE 2150

 

MSE 2102    AST: Planetary Skies/Landscapes

Description:     A study of our own and other Solar Systems, including formation and evolution. The physical properties which shape planetary interiors, surfaces, and atmospheres. The Earth is studied in the context of the other planets, and its unique properties are examined.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       Astronomy & Astrophysics

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Arts

Corequisites:   MSE 2150

 

MSE 2103    AST: How Old is the Universe

Description:     How we know the Universe is 13.7 billion years old? Includes evidence from the Solar System, the oldest stars seen in the Milky Way galaxy, and the observed expansion of the Universe itself. Evolution and fate of the Universe.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       Astronomy & Astrophysics

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Arts

Corequisites:   MSE 2151

 

MSE 2104    AST: Earth-Our Habitable World

Description:     Explores the Earth as our home and as a laboratory for understanding the scientific method. The characteristics, dynamics, and evolution of the Earth. Leads to the discovery and understanding of the fundamental scientific principles at work on our home world.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       Astronomy & Astrophysics

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Arts

Corequisites:   MSE 2152

 

MSE 2105    AST: Earth-A Cosmic Connection

Description:     Explores the Sun and the stars - our ultimate sources of energy and the chemical elements. Characteristics, dynamics, and evolution of the Sun and the stars. The discovery and understanding of the fundamental scientific principles at work throughout the universe.  3.00credit(s)

Attributes:       Astronomy & Astrophysics

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Arts

Corequisites:   MSE 2153

 

MSE 2150    AST: Astronomy Lab - Planets

Description:     1-cr laboratory course focusing on planetary astronomy. To be taken as a co-requisite with MSE 2101 "Life in the Universe" or MSE 2102 "Planetary Skies and Landscapes".  1.00credit(s)

Attributes:       Astronomy & Astrophysics

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Arts

Prerequisites:  MSE 2101 or MSE 2102

 

MSE 2151    AST: Astronomy Lab - Stars

Description:     1-cr laboratory course focusing on stellar and galactic astronomy. To be taken as a co-requisite with MSE 2100 "Birth and Death of Stars" or MSE 2103 "How Old is the Universe?".  1.00credit(s)

Attributes:       Astronomy & Astrophysics

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Arts

Prerequisites:  MSE 2100 or MSE 2103

 

MSE 2152    AST: Planet Earth Lab I

Description:     1-cr laboratory course to be taken as a co-requisite with MSE 2104 "Earth: Our Habitable World".  1.00credit(s)

Attributes:       Astronomy & Astrophysics

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Arts

Corequisites:   MSE 2104

 

MSE 2153    AST: Planet Earth Lab II

Description:     1-cr laboratory course to be taken as a co-requisite with MSE 2105 "Earth: The Cosmic Connection".  1.00credit(s)

Attributes:       Astronomy & Astrophysics

Restrictions:    Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Arts

Corequisites:   MSE 2105