2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Astronmy (AST)

AST 201  General Astronomy  (3 Credits)  

General overview of the astronomical sciences at the college physics level. The night sky, the Earth-Moon system, the solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, the system of galaxies and Cosmology. Instructional methods include lectures, multimedia presentations and exercises.

AST 301  Methods in Observational Astronomy  (3 Credits)  

This course teaches the observational techniques of optical astronomy at an intermediate level. The celestial sphere, naked-eyed observation and celestial system of coordinates. The use of the telescope and its auxiliary equipment. Observation of the Sun, Moon and planets. Astrography, Photometry and spectrography using CCD cameras.

AST 302  Astrobiology  (3 Credits)  

Study of the origin and evolution of life on earth, exploration of the solar system, and probability of life in the solar system, in the universe, and communication with extra-terrestrial life.

AST 303  Introduction to Astrophysics  (3 Credits)  

Overview of physical fundamentals of astrophysics. Introduction to modern physics: special relativity quantum mechanics, nuclear physics and statistical mechanics. Covers the context of practical application into introductory astrophysics topics. Instructional methods will include lectures, multi-media presentations and exercises.

AST 401  Stellar Astrophysics  (3 Credits)  

This course presents an overview of the physics of stars. It will cover stellar structure, evolution and nucleosynthesis, with strong emphasis in the underlying fundamental physics. In that sense, it will review many topics covered by undergraduate basic physics courses from the viewpoint of astrophysical applications. By the end of the course, students will be able to write a simple numerical simulation of a star.