Courses

  • GRS AR 910: Practicum in Archaeological Heritage Management
    Full-time internship in an appropriate public or private firm, agency, or other organization involved in the practice of public archaeology.
  • GRS AR 911: Practicum in Archaeological Heritage Management
    Full-time internship in an appropriate public or private firm, agency, or other organization involved in the practice of public archaeology.
  • GRS AR 912: Dissertation Research in Archaeology
  • GRS AR 913: Directed Research in Archaeological Heritage Management
    Directed research in archaeological heritage management.
  • GRS AR 914: Directed Research in Archaeological Heritage Management
    Directed research in archaeological heritage management.
  • GRS AR 917: Directed Research in Geoarchaeology
    Directed research in geoarchaeology.
  • GRS AR 918: Directed Research in Geoarchaeology
    Directed research in geoarchaeology.
  • 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 759: Cosmology
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 701 ; GRS AS 710 ; GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 725 ; GRS AS 726.
    Modern physical cosmology. The Friedmann equation, expansion of the universe and the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. Determination of fundamental cosmological parameters. Large-scale structure, galaxy formation, active galaxies, and quasars. Dark matter and dark energy in the universe. The inflation era.