This page compares graduate-level courses offered at the IfA with those offered at four other Astronomy departments. As far as is possible, equivalent courses are listed together. Required courses are listed in boldface.

The Interstellar Medium Diffuse Matter in Space The Physics of the Interstellar Medium Interstellar Medium Low-Density Astrophysics
Physics of the Interstellar Medium [1]
Stellar Interiors & Evolution Structure of the Stars Stellar Physics Physics of Stars [1] Stellar Structure and Evolution
Formation of Stars and Planets Structure and Evolution of Interacting Binary Stars Star and Planet Formation
Advanced Stages of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis
Accretion in Early and Late Stages of Stellar Evolution
Galaxies Stellar Systems Galactic and Extragalactic Dynamics Structure and Dynamics of Galaxies Galactic and Extragalactic Stellar Systems (A, B)
Stellar Dynamics
Cosmology Extragalactic Astronomy Cosmology and Extragalactic Astronomy Cosmology and Galaxy Formation Physical Cosmology
Physics of the Universe: Origin and Evolution [2] Cosmology and Other Topics [2] Topics in Astronomy: Cosmology and Particle Structure Origin and Evolution of the Universe
Topics in Modern Cosmology: Seminar
The Solar System Planetary System Astronomy Introduction to the Solar System [1,2] Planetary Science
The Formation, Evolution, and Detection of Planetary Systems [2]
Atomic and Molecular Processes in Astronomy and Planetary Systems [2]
Radiative Transfer Stellar Atmospheres Radiative Processes in Astrophysics Radiative Processes Stellar Atmospheres
Physics of Solar and Stellar Coronae
Astrophysical Techniques Astronomical Measurements Astronomical Measurements and Instrumentation Modern Observational Techniques
Imaging at Radio, Infrared, and Optical Wavelengths by Interferometric and Adaptive Techniques Instrumentation for Astronomy
Optical Astronomy Instrumentation Lab [1]
Fundamentals of Astrophysics [3,4] Electromagnetism and Plasma Physics
Physics of Astrophysics I, II
Astrophysical Gas Dynamics
Noise and Data Analysis to Astrophysics Signal Processing and Data Analysis
General Relativity Introduction to Relativity [2] General Theory of Relativity [2] General Relativity
Relativity [2]

High Energy Astrophysics High Energy Astrophysics High Energy Astrophysics Physics of Compact Objects

Radio Astronomy Radio Astronomy
Seminar in Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar in Theoretical Astrophysics
Seminar in Observational Astrophysics
Astronomy Seminar I, II, III Special Topics in Astrophysics Special Topics in Astrophysics
Directed Research (A) Topics in Astrophysics [1] Introduction to Astronomical Research
Directed Research (B, C, D) Astrophysics Laboratory Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics Independent Study


  1. Primarily for undergraduates, or background material.
  2. Offered by other departments.
  3. Physics and Math background courses: Quantum Mechanics I & II, Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Complex and Fourier Analysis, Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations.
  4. Other recommended courses: Electrodynamics I & II, Advanced Quantum Mechanics I & II, Complex Function Theory with Applications, Partial Differential and Integral Equations.

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Last modified: January 4, 2001