Courses

  • GRS AR 891: Contemporary Theory in Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: GRS AR 701.
    Explores aspects of contemporary theory in archaeology, including post-modern critiques of contemporary practice, new approaches to archaeology of ritual, personhood, identity, and the body; indigenous and public archaeology; and politics and archaeology. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title previously numbered GRS AR 702.
  • GRS AR 892: Archaeological Ethics and Law
    Students examine archaeology and professional ethics; archaeology as a public interest; legal organization of archaeology; international approaches to heritage management; looting, collecting, and the antiquities market; maritime law and underwater archaeology; cultural resource management in the United States. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title previously numbered GRS AR 780.
  • GRS AR 893: World Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    This seminar takes an explicitly comparative approach to addressing questions concerning the origins of and variability in human culture viewed through a review of worldwide archaeological literature.(Program core course)
  • GRS AR 894: Scientific Applications In Archaeology
    Seminar exploring new ways of addressing archaeological questions through the application of scientific techniques, focusing on cutting-edge methodologies and the most recent literature in the field. Students pursue questions of individual interest through readings, discussions, presentations, and research papers. (Program core course) Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title previously numbered GRS AR 707.
  • GRS AS 699: Teaching College Astronomy I
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in astronomy. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • GRS AS 701: Introduction to Astrophysics
    Introduction to astronomical and astrophysical nomenclature and concepts. Coordinate systems, celestial orbits, radiation, stars, stellar structure, stellar evolution, clusters of stars, galactic components, galactic structure, galaxy types, active galaxies, cosmology.
  • GRS AS 703: Introduction to Space Physics
    Survey of physical phenomena in the sun, solar wind, magnetospheres, ionospheres, and upper atmospheres of objects in the solar system. Introduction to the physical processes governing space plasmas, solar-terrestrial interactions, and ionized and neutral media surrounding the Earth and other solar system bodies.
  • GRS AS 710: Observational Techniques
    Telescopes, light detection, and analysis tools and techniques of experimental astronomy. Signal-to-noise calculations. Photometric and spectroscopic instrumentation and applications. Use of the observatory, CCD light detectors, modern software analysis tools, image processing. Proposal writing and science writing.
  • GRS AS 712: Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
    Generation, propagation, and transfer of electromagnetic radiation. Spectral energy distributions, continuum radiation, spectral lines. Interaction of radiation with matter, transfer of radiation through astrophysical media. Thermal and nonthermal radiative processes.
  • GRS AS 713: Astronomical Spectroscopy
    Spectroscopic processes in astrophysics. Energy levels in atoms and molecules. Atomic and molecular spectral lines. Excitation of atoms and molecules. Transfer of line radiation. Spectroscopic instruments. Derivation of physical parameters from spectroscopic observations.
  • GRS AS 725: Gravitational Astrophysics
    Orbital theory: two-body and three-body problems. Gravitational encounters. N-body problem and star/galaxy clusters. Precession and nutation. Special and General relativity. Collapsed stellar objects and black holes. Gravitational lensing.
  • GRS AS 726: Cosmic Gas Dynamics
    Gas dynamics as applied to astrophysical settings. Basic fluid mechanics. Ideal gases. One-dimensional gas flow. Supersonic flows and shock waves. Quasar jets and stellar winds. Fluid instabilities, turbulence, and convection.
  • GRS AS 727: Plasma Physics
    Physics of space and astrophysical plasmas. Individual particle drifts in fields, electrostatic and electromagnetic waves and instabilities, magnetohydrodynamics, kinetic theory of waves, instabilities, and Landau damping.
  • GRS AS 751: The Interstellar Medium
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 701 ; GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 713 ; GRS AS 725 ; GRS AS 726.
    Interstellar medium components and phases. Neutral hydrogen clouds, 21 cm line, Zeeman effect. Ionized nebulae, free-free radiation, recombination lines, ionization balance, thermal balance. Molecular clouds, collisional and radiative excitation, line formation and propagation, rotational and vibrational energies. Interstellar chemistry.
  • GRS AS 753: Normal Galaxies and the Milky Way
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 701 ; GRS AS 710 ; GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 725 ; GRS AS 726.
    Normal galaxies and the Milky Way as systems. Stellar components and clusters, elliptical and disk galaxies. Luminosity functions, radial distributions, distance indicators, triaxial spheroids, and central bars. Motions near the sun, asymmetric drift, velocity ellipsoid, galactic rotation, Oort formulae, gas distributions, galactic center.
  • GRS AS 757: High-Energy Astrophysics
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 725 ; GRS AS 726 ; GRS AS 727; or consent of instructor.
    Physics of interactions between high-energy particles and photons. Compton scattering; nuclear collisions; acceleration and energy losses of high-energy particles; neutrino production; physics of cosmic rays; pulsars; accretion onto compact objects; active galactic nuclei and other high-energy phenomena.
  • GRS AS 781: Planetary Atmospheres
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 726; or consent of instructor.
    Planetary and cometary atmospheres; atmospheric vertical mixing; radiative processes; catalytic ozone destruction; aurorae and airglow; planetary ionospheres; energy budgets. Planetary evolution: solar nebula, outgassing, water loss on Venus and Mars, escape of light gases, greenhouse effect, isotope fractionation, impact theory.
  • GRS AS 783: Ionospheres
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 713 ; GRS AS 726 ; GRS AS 727; or consent of instructor.
    The formation of the ionosphere. The structure and dynamics of the ionosphere and thermosphere. Aeronomy. Thermosphere/ionosphere coupling. Ionospheric electric fields and current systems. Ionospheric storms. Ionospheric waves and irregularities. Active experiments in space. Radio and optical ionospheric diagnostics.
  • GRS AS 785: Magnetospheres
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 713 ; GRS AS 726 ; GRS AS 727; or consent of instructor.
    Solar wind/magnetosphere interaction. Magnetospheric dynamics and substorms. Magnetospheric electric fields and current systems. Ionosphere/magnetosphere coupling. The aurora. Magnetospheric plasma waves and instabilities. In situ plasma and field diagnostics.
  • GRS AS 791: Special Topics in Astrophysics
    Lecture course examining special topics of current interest in astrophysics. Offered as a 2- or 4-credit course, depending on the topic.