830 Dennison Building
Professor Hugh D. Aller, Chair
May be elected as a departmental concentration program
H. D. Aller, Radio Astronomy, Active Extragalactic Objects, VLBI
C. R. Cowley, Nucleocosmochemistry, Stellar Spectra
G. M. MacAlpine, Quasars, Emission Line Galaxies, Photoionization Models
D. O. Richstone, Galaxy Structure, Formation and Evolution
R. G. Teske, Solar Physics, Supernova Remnants
J. N. Bregman, Interstellar Medium, Quasars, Fluid Dynamics
R. L. Sears, Stellar Evolution, HR Diagram
P. O. Seitzer, Stellar Dynamics, Optical Instrumentation
The Astronomy curriculum is useful to students seeking a general knowledge of astronomy as part of a liberal arts education as well as to those preparing for a professional career in the field. The introductory sequences provide an understanding of the structure and evolution of the universe, introduce basic concepts of science, and acquaint students with scientific methods. These introductory courses (Astronomy 101 and 102; 111 and 112; 130; 160) both stimulate and satisfy intellectual curiosity and lay the foundation for advanced work.
Prerequisites to Concentration. Astronomy 160, Mathematics through Mathematics 216 (or the equivalent), Physics 140/141, Physics 240/241, and Physics 242.
Concentration Program. Astronomy 361, 399, 402, 404, and 429 form the core of the concentration program. All astronomy concentrators also must elect Mathematics 450, Physics 401, 405, and 453. In addition, all astronomy concentrators are required to elect one of the following: Astronomy 401, 403, 405, or 406. Students are urged to complete the requirements in physics and mathematics as soon as possible. Students planning graduate work should acquire a reading knowledge of French, German, or Russian.
Honors Concentration. Students who are interested in scholarly research in astronomy and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 are encouraged to consider Honors concentration. Students with a lower GPA may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the concentration advisor. The program requires writing a senior Honors thesis based on research done in collaboration with a faculty member. Interested students should consult with the concentration advisor by the beginning of their junior year.
Advising and Counseling. The concentration advisor is Professor Bregman. Information about scheduling counseling appointments is available from the department office.
Honors Research Tutorials. Students participating in the Honors Science Program may elect College Honors 291 and 292 through the Astronomy Department during the sophomore year. Professor Bregman assigns students on the basis of interests and background to participating staff members. Students in the Program who wish to concentrate in astronomy should elect prerequisites through that program.
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