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  • CAS AS 312: Stellar and Galactic Astrophysics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS MA 124 and CAS PY 212 or CAS PY 252.
    Basic physics of radiation; spectral analysis; distances, motions, and physical properties of stars; stellar interiors and atmospheres; stellar evolution; clusters of stars; the interstellar medium; content, structure, and rotation of the Milky Way galaxy.
  • CAS AS 401: Senior Distinction Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of Honors Committee.
  • CAS AS 402: Senior Distinction Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of Honors Committee.
  • CAS AS 413: Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AS 312 and CAS PY 355; or equivalent.
    Galaxies and galaxy clusters; the extragalactic distance scale and Hubble's Law; quasars and active galactic nuclei; metrics and general relativity; distances and luminosities in cosmology. Origin of the universe: the Big Bang, cosmic background radiation, and inflation. (Offered alternate years.)
  • CAS AS 414: Solar and Space Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 355; AND (CASPY212 OR CASPY252)
    The Sun and Solar Wind: solar magnetic fields, sunspot cycle, active sun, corona. Interaction of the solar wind with planets and comets. Planetary Magnetospheres and Ionospheres. Aeronomy. Solar System plasma physics. Magnetic Storms and Space Weather.
  • CAS AS 441: Observational Astronomy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AS 312.
    Astronomical techniques. Photometry, spectroscopy, photography, CCD imaging, and interferometry. Statistical methods for data reduction and analysis. Strong laboratory component. Use of computers.
  • CAS AS 491: Directed Studies in Astronomy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and approval of CAS Academic Advising Office.
    Devoted to an intensive study of a particular aspect of astronomy, often working with a member of the faculty on a specific research project.
  • CAS AS 492: Directed Studies in Astronomy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and approval of CAS Academic Advising Office.
    Devoted to an intensive study of a particular aspect of astronomy, often working with a member of the faculty on a specific research project.
  • CAS BB 191: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: freshman standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), andapproval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of six hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. This course cannot be used for BMB major credit. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 192: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: freshman standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), andapproval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of six hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. This course cannot be used for BMB major credit. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 291: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of six hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. This course cannot be used for BMB major credit. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 292: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of six hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. This course cannot be used for BMB major credit. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 391: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of three hours per week per credit in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. A maximum of 4 credits earned in undergraduate research courses may be counted toward the BMB major. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 392: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member.Minimum of three hours per week per credit in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. A maximum of 4 credits earned in undergraduate research courses may be counted toward the BMB major. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 401: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.5, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Independent laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of 12 hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. Course grade is determined by laboratory performance, oral presentation, written thesis, and defense of the thesis before a committee of three BMB faculty members. Successful completion of both CAS BB 401 and BB 402 may lead to a degree with honors in the major, although only 4 of the credits may count toward the BMB major. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 402: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.5, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Independent laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of 12 hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. Course grade is determined by laboratory performance, oral presentation, written thesis, and defense of the thesis before a committee of three BMB faculty members. Successful completion of both CAS BB 401 and BB 402 may lead to a degree with honors in the major, although only 4 of the credits may count toward the BMB major. Students must also present a research talk at the BMB symposium at the end of the Spring semester of the academic year. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 491: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology IV
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Prereq: seniors, BMB GPA of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee. Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of 12 hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. A maximum of 4 credits earned in undergraduate research courses may be counted toward the BMB major. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 492: Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology IV
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) courses of at least 3.0, consent of instructor (laboratory advisor), and approval of application by the BMB Honors Committee.
    Laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Minimum of 12 hours per week in the lab, not including preparation and evaluation. A maximum of 4 credits earned in undergraduate research courses may be counted toward the BMB major. No more than 12 credits of undergraduate research may be counted toward the 32 courses required for graduation from CAS.
  • CAS BB 497: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar 1
    A one-credit research seminar for students enrolled in Honors Research in BMB (CAS BB 401) or in BA/MA in Biotechnology research (CAS BB 591). A minimum grade of B+ in this course and in CAS BB 401 and CAS BB 402 is required to graduate with Honors in BMB.
  • CAS BB 498: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar 2
    A one-credit research seminar for students enrolled in Honors Research in BMB (CAS BB 402) or in BA/MA in Biotechnology research (CAS BB 592). Students present at the BMB Symposium. A minimum grade of B+ in this seminar and in CAS BB 401 and CAS BB 402 is required to graduate with Honors in BMB.