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Astronomy

INASTR101 Introduction to Planetary Astronomy

Quantitative and descriptive view of the origins, structure, contents, and evolution of our solar system. Class includes both lecture and hands on lab exercises and the basics of night sky observing. Topics include formation of the solar system, planets and other bodies, current research missions, exploration and potential colonization.

INASTR102 Introduction to Stellar and Galactic Astronomy

Quantitative and descriptive view of the origins, structure, contents, and evolution of our universe. Class includes both lecture and hands on lab exercises and the basics of night sky observing. Topics include light and telescopes, the origin, structure, and evolution of stars and the universe, and galactic classification and evolution.

ASTR298 Independent Study

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor who will supervise the independent study.

INASTR315 Visions of the Universe

An in-depth study of the solar system, stellar evolution, exoplanets, binary and variable stars, black holes, and the effects of dark matter and dark energy on the evolution of the universe. Emphasis will be given to historical and cultural influences leading to present-day understanding. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including IQL 101 and ITW 101. Fall, Spring.