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Courses in LSA Astronomy
Astronomy (ASTRO)
ASTRO 402. Stellar Astrophysics
MATH 216, and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 340. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. F.

ASTRO 403. Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium
MATH 216 and prior or current enrollment in PHYSICS 340 (or 260) and 390. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. F.

ASTRO 404. Galaxies and the Universe
MATH 216 and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 340 and PHYSICS 390. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. W.

ASTRO 406. Computational Astrophysics
MATH 216, prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 240 (or 260), and some knowledge of programming. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. W.

ASTRO 461. Ground-Based Observatories
Consent of department required. ASTRO 160 or 201, and ASTRO 361. (3 in the half-term). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Sp. (Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona).

In this immersion course held in residence at Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona, we discuss the scientific, technical, and political aspects of ground-based research observatories. The course features the MDM Observatory, of which UM is a consortium member. We also take advantage of the many other, nearby astronomical facilities, both on- and off-site, to study the variety of instrumentation and telescope properties. Students use MDM telescopes to carry out small science projects. We also examine observatories in the context of their natural and sociopolitical environment, and their relationship to local communities, with emphasis on education and public outreach.

ASTRO 501. Modern Astronomical Techniques
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

ASTRO 530. Stellar Astrophysics I: Star Formation and the Outer Layers of Stars
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course covers the assembly of stars and their protoplanetary disks from cold gas dust in the interstellar medium. Specific topics include fragmentation, disk dynamics, and jets. Radiative transfer in stellar atmospheres and envelopes, essential to interpreting observations of stars and their environs, is addressed in the second part.

ASTRO 531. Stellar Astrophysics II: Stellar Structure and Evolution
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course covers the physical principles that determine the structure and the evolution of stars. The stellar structure equations and the physical processes taking place in stellar interiors are discussed in the first part. These principles are applied to the understanding of stellar evolution in the second part.

ASTRO 532. The High Energy Universe
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

ASTRO 533. The Structure and Content of Galaxies
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

ASTRO 534. The Extragalactic Universe
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

ASTRO 535. Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

ASTRO 699. Special Problems
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 8). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

ASTRO 901. Research in Theoretical Astrophysics
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 8). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

ASTRO 902. Research in Observational Astrophysics
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 8). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

ASTRO 990. Dissertation/Precandidate
Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

ASTRO 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

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