Astrophysics Colloquia

University of Minnesota Astronomy

Universities / June 26, 2019

Students of astronomy and astrophysics take courses in a number of departments at the University. Below is a brief description of courses commonly taken within the program.

Introductory Courses

  • (4 cr. 3 lect, 2 lab hrs/week QP-1011, 1021H, 1031, 1032; SP-1011) The human place in the universe. Study of Earth as a planet, other planets, the sun, stars, galaxies. Background and fragility of life on Earth. Scale, origin, and history of the universe and our relationship to it.
  • Ast 1005 Exploring the Universe (4 cr. 3 lect, meets with Ast 1001, QP-1011, 1021H, 1031, 1032; SP-1011) The human place in the universe. Study of Earth as a planet, other planets, the sun, stars, galaxies. Background and fragility of life on Earth. Scale, origin, and history of the universe and our relationship to it.
  • (4 cr.; QP-1011, 1031, 1032: high school trigonometry, physics or chemistry; SP-1001, high school trigonometry, physics or chemistry.) or chemistry; 3 lect, 2 lab hrs/week) The human place in the universe. Study of Earth, other planets, sun, stars, galaxies. Background and fragility of life on Earth. Scale, origin, history of universe and our relationship to it. Honors version of 1001.

Undergraduate Courses

  • (4 cr.; QP- 1 yr calculus, Phys 3254 or #; SP-1 yr calculus, Phys 2303 or #) Physical principles and study of the solar system, stars, galaxy, universe. How observations and conclusions are made.
  • Ast 2990 Directed Studies (1-5 cr.; QP-1 yr calculus, Phys 1253, #SP- 1 yr calculus, Phys 1302, #) Independent, directed study in observational and theoretical astrophysics areas arranged by student with faculty member.
  • Ast 4001 Astrophysics I (4 cr. SP-Upper div CLA or CSE or grad student) Survey of stars and stellar evolution. Stellar atmospheres and interiors. Birth and Evolution of stars. White dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes. Stellar populations in the Milky Way.
  • Ast 4002 Astrophysics II (4 cr. SP-Upper div CLA or CSE or grad student) Diffuse matter. Galaxies, clusters of galaxies, galaxy evolution and active galaxies. Introductory cosmology.
  • Ast 4031 Interpretation and Analysis of Astrophysical Data (4 cr. QP-upper div CLA or CSE or grad student or SP-Upper div CLA or CSE or grad student) Introduction to analysis techniques with applications to modern astrophysics. Methods to interpret/analyze large data sets from experiments. Principles/methods of analysis, with applications to current research. For senior undergraduate/graduate students in Physics/Astronomy.
  • Ast 4101 Computational Methods in the Physical Sciences (4 cr. QP-upper div CLA or CSE or grad student or SP-Upper div CLA or CSE or grad student) Introduction to using computer programs to solve problems in physical sciences. Selected numerical methods, mapping problems onto computational algorithms. Arranged lab. Cross-listed as PHY 4101.
  • Ast 4299H Senior Honors Astrophysics Research Seminar (2 cr.; QP- upper div honors student in CSE or CLA; SP-upper div honors student in CSE or CLA) Based on the Institute's research seminar, AST 8200.
  • Ast 4990 Directed Studies (1-5 cr. QP-3051, SP-2001) Independent research in observational and/or theoretical astrophysics under the direction of a faculty member.
  • AST 4994W Directed Research (3-5 cr. Instr Cnsnt) An independent research project to be conducted with a faculty advisor. Specific contents in terms of science topic, data, analysis, instrumentation, etc. are to be decided on an individual basis, in close consultation with the advisor. The draft of the student's report must be submitted to the faculty advisor for comments, before the submission of the final report.
  • Ast 5001 Galactic Astronomy (3 cr.) Galactic Astronomy will include a survey of the structure of the Milky Way galaxy, its stellar populations including open and globular clusters and the Solar neighborhood, and the formation and evolution of its structure. The course will also include an in-depth discussion of stellar distances and motions.

Source: www.astro.umn.edu