Graduate Courses Offered 2018-2019
i) Preparatory and Elective Courses
To be offered in Fall 2018
- AST1420H Galactic Structure and Dynamics (Jo Bovy)
- AST1430H Cosmology (Renée Hložek)
To be offered in Winter 2019
- AST1410H Stars (Marten van Kerkwijk)
- AST1440H Radiation (Yanqin Wu)
- AST2050H Observational Techniques: Multi-Wave Length Instruments (Suresh Sivanandam)
ii) Research Courses (for 1st year direct-entry PhD students)
iii) Specialized Courses
- AST3100Y Lecture Series in Specialized Topics (Mini-Course Series)
AST3100H corresponds to our mini-course series. Mini-courses are occasionally offered throughout the year and are announced via email by the instructor(s). They are taught by our faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. They are considered the equivalent of one-third of a regular graduate elective course (approximately 8 class hours). It’s a more of an ad hoc system in that you do not formally enroll in the individual mini-courses through ACORN. As such, the individual mini-courses will not appear on your transcript. You may, however, take the mini-courses for credit by completing three.
Additionally, modules completed through SciNet count in fulfillment of mini-courses (these are indicated as “university credit”).
3 minis = 1 graduate elective course (0.5 FCE)
Grade= average of 3 minis
Appears as AST3100 Specialized Lecture Topics on official academic record
- Order-of-Magnitude (Chris Matzner) – fall session
- Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics (Kristen Menou) – winter session
The following affinity physics courses are approved toward your required grad electives:
- PHY1483H: Relativity Theory I
- PHY1484H: Relativity Theory II
- PHY1489H: Introduction to High Energy Physics
- PHY 1500H: Statistical Mechanics
- PHY 1510H: Electromagnetism
- PHY 1520H: Quantum Mechanics
- PHY 1530H: Fluid Mechanics
- PHY 1540Y: Mathematical Methods in Physics
- PHY 1610H: Scientific Computing for Physicists
**Please note that you may take a total of two physics courses toward fulfillment of your four grad electives.**
It may be possible to substitute a course from a cognate department offered at the equivalent level toward your required electives with approval from the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, Chris Matzner.
Graduate students from other departments may take graduate courses offered by Astronomy and Astrophysics as long as they have permission from the course instructor and their home department.
In terms of future planning,the intent is to offer the full AST preparatory course (1000 series) each year whenever possible.
Full List of Graduate Courses
Please note that not all courses listed are necessarily offered every year but may be offered in future years.
- AST 1410H Stars
- AST 1420H Galactic Structure and Dynamics
- AST 1430H Cosmology
- AST 1440H Radiation Processes and Gas Dynamics
- AST 2030H The Interstellar Medium and Star Formation
- AST 2040H Extragalactic Astronomy
- AST 2050H Observational Techniques
- AST 2060H General Relativity I: Theory
- AST 2070H General Relativity II: Applications and Cosmology
- AST 3010H Advanced Topics in Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
- AST 3020H Advanced Topics in Interstellar Matter and Star Formation I
- AST 3021H Advanced Topics in Interstellar Matter and Star Formation II
- AST 3050H Theoretical Cosmology
- AST 3100H Lecture Series in Specialized Topics (Mini Courses)