UNDERGRADUATE COURSES IN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS
8.282J-12.402J Introduction to Astronomy
Broad view of astronomy; physics based. Accessible to freshmen. Entry course for students interested in pursuing astronomy and astrophysics.
The physics of Special Relativity; introduction to cosmology; and the Schwarzschild metric of General Relativity
8.286 The Early Universe
Introduction to modern cosmology; development of the universe starting with the Big Bang.
8.287J-12.410J Observational Techniques of Optical Astronomy
Practical methods of astronomical observations. Features a project at the Wallace Astrophysical Observatory
8.284 Modern Astrophysics
Junior-level course in the physics of astrophysics. Covers both galactic and extragalactic astrophysics
8.224 Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity and Astrophysics
Behavior of space-time in the vicinity of collapsed stars (black holes and neutron stars); introduction to the relativity of cosmology
12.002 Physics and Chemistry of the Terrestrial Planets
Structure, composition, and physical processes governing the terrestrial planets; includes their formation and basic orbital properties.
12.400 The Solar System
Introduction to the study of the solar system with emphasis on the latest spacecraft results.
12.409 Hands-On Astronomy: Observing Stars and Planets
Introduction to contemporary observational astronomy; astronomical computing, image and data processing, and how astronomers work.
12.411 Astronomy Field Camp
Individual research projects in observational astronomy involving supervised work at Lowell Observatory
12.420 Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System
Advanced applications of physical and chemical principles to the study of the solar system.
12.425 Extra-Solar Planets
Properties of planets in orbit around stars other than the sun.