Courses

  • 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 786: The Sun and Heliosphere
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 701 ; GRS AS 703 ; GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 713 ; GRS AS 726 ; GRS AS 727; or consent of instructor.
    Fundamentals of solar and heliospheric physics, including observational methods and theory from the sun's interior through interplanetary space and into the local interstellar medium. The sun as a star. Relation of our heliosphere to astrospheres surrounding other stars.
  • 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.
  • GRS AS 793: Special Topics in Space Physics
    Lecture course examining special topics of current interest in solar system space physics. Offered as a 2- or 4-credit course, depending on the topic.
  • GRS AS 802: Graduate Research and Scholarship
    An introduction to the methods of research and scholarship required for successful graduate study and the associated ethical issues. Topics include choosing a research advisor, the research topic, the research record, scholarly writing and publishing, intellectual property, and research funding.
  • GRS AS 803: Research Methods in Astronomical Data Analysis
    Computer programming skills, elementary image and data processing, visualization techniques for astronomical datasets. Flat fielding, bias removal, sky subtraction, median filtering, CLEAN algorithm, point-source extraction. Fitting functions to data, solving linear and nonlinear equations numerically, approximating solutions of differential equations.
  • GRS AS 850: Astrophysics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in astrophysics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 851: Astrophysics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in astrophysics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 865: Space Physics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in space physics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 866: Space Physics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in space physics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 901: Research in Astronomy
  • GRS AS 902: Research in Astronomy
  • GRS AS 911: Directed Study in Astronomy
  • GRS AS 912: Directed Study in Astronomy
  • GRS BI 607: Animal Behavior
    Ethological approach to animal behavior. Physiological, ontogenic, and phylogenic causes and adaptive significance of behavior are examined within an evolutionary framework, minimally including humans. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
  • GRS BI 610: Developmental Biology
    Comtemporary aspects of development, drawing from current literature. Emphasis on the use of experimental approaches to address topics such as polarity in the egg, body axis specification, embryonic patterning and organogenesis. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion.
  • GRS BI 611: Microbiome: Our Intimate Relationship with Microorganisms
    The microbial community - referred to as "microbiome" - that colonizes our body plays an important role in our health. Topics include (1) the human microbiome; and (2) fundamental aspects of the interactions between animals and the microorganisms that reside on them. Three hours lecture; one hour discussion.
  • GRS BI 614: Ornithology
    Examines the behavior, ecology, and morphology, physiology, classification, and evolution of birds. Flight, navigation, migration, territorial courtship, nesting, and parental behavior. Field trips. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion and demonstrations. (Offered alternate years.)