ASTR204 is the Introduction to Astrophysics class required for both astronomy and astrophysics majors and astronomy minors. This course provides a broad physical foundation to astronomy and astrophysics and serves as a prerequisite for the study of advanced topics. We will cover the physics of stars and stellar remnants, nebulae and star-formation, as well as an introduction to Galactic and extragalactic astronomy, and the basics of observational and theoretical cosmology.

Another goal of ASTR204 is to provide an introduction to tools of the research scientist. You will learn the basics of how to manipulate astronomical data in python. We will learn some tools of the observational astronomer through the completion of observational projects. These will require additional instruction in the use of telescopes during evening Observing labs (dates TBC). We will also begin to learn about how to read the astronomical literature.