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AS151s    Stars, Stellar Systems, and Cosmology      An introductory survey of modern astronomy, covering the solar system, stars and stellar evolution, galaxies, and cosmology, for students of both science and non-science backgrounds. The physical processes at work in the universe and the methods we use to learn about the universe will be emphasized. The use of mathematics at the level of first-year algebra is required. Fulfills the non-lab science requirement.     Three credit hours.  N.    SATO
AS231f    Introduction to Astrophysics      A general introduction based on topics needed for astrophysical research, accessible to all who are comfortable with calculus and computer analysis of data. Theoretical topics include celestial mechanics, continuous and line spectra, stellar structure, and nucleosynthesis. Prerequisite:  It is helpful to have taken high school and/or college physics.     Three credit hours.  N.    SATO
AS491f, 492s    Independent Study          One to four credit hours.    FACULTY