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Required Courses in the Astronomy Minor 

General Physics I and II (82-109 and 82-110)

This is the calculus based general physics sequence recommended for students in pre-engineering and majors in physics, chemistry, geology and mathematics.

An Introduction to Astrophysics (82-203)

A systematic introduction to the concepts and methods of astrophysics,  astronomical measurements and units,  astrophysical nature of radiation, stellar structure, and cosmology. This course is calculus based and designed for physics or other science majors interested in obtaining an astronomy minor. After completing this course, successful students will develop  understanding of (1) basic observational techniques used in astronomy  (2) simple modeling of stellar structure  (3) calculation of basic physical stellar parameters from photometric data, and (4) size, age, expansion, origin and evolution of the Universe.

Stellar Structure and Evolution (82-310)

A systematic study of stellar atmospheres and interiors, stellar evolution and variable stars. This course is calculus based and designed for physics or other science majors interested in obtaining an astronomy minor. After completing this course, successful students will have a better understanding of (1) the processes taking place  in the stellar  interiors, (2) radiative transfer of energy through stellar atmospheres (3) structure and evolution of stars of different masses, and (4) stellar pulsations as a method of investigating the interiors of stars.

Galaxies, the Interstellar Medium and Star Formation (82-313)

A systematic study of galactic components and structure, physics of the interstellar medium and star formation. This course is calculus based and designed for physics or other science majors interested in obtaining an astronomy minor. After completing this course, successful students will have a better understanding of (1) components and overall properties of various galactic types, (2) gas dynamics and stellar dynamics, (3) the composition, topology and physics of the interstellar matter and (4) star formation and galaxy evolution. 

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