For Fall 2018 Astronomy course offerings refer to the Course Schedule. Below is more information on the content of all astronomy courses, some of which may not be offered every year. Links are provided for syllabi or course websites for recently offered courses. Course outlines are given for most courses and are a general description of the material covered in the course and how the course is organized. For a complete course description refer to the Course Catalog.
Use of small telescopes and binoculars to study constellations, bright stars, planets and the sun at the campus observatory and at dark-sky sites.
An introduction to astrophysical processes with a focus on the Sun-Earth interaction. Topics include the solar wind, sun spots, flares, and the Earth's diverse responses: magnetospheric storms, atmospheric expansion, and climate effects.
Morphology, kinematics, and dynamics of the Milky Way and external galaxies, including interstellar matter and evidence for dark matter.
Syllabus: Spring 2016
Learn how to teach astronomy concepts as specified by the state of Texas. Methods to help students master content, including lab activities suitable for K-9 classrooms and as field trips.
The Sun, solar-terrestrial relationships, solar wind; planetary atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres.
Overview of stars, galaxies, and the Universe at a non-calculus level. Includes basics about the Sun. Learn how to teach astronomy concepts as specified by the state of Texas. This course is designed for inservice and preservice science and math teachers (grades 6-12), but open to undergraduates considering a teaching profession.
Syllabus: Spring 2018
Physics of star and planet information, including molecular cloud dynamics and chemistry, circumstellar accretion disks, jets, dust,debris disks, atmospheres rotation, and magnetic fields of young stars, binaries, brown dwarfs, comets, Kuiper belt objects, giant planet formation and discoveries of extra solar planets.
Lecture/seminars which treat topics of departmental interest. Not offered every year.