Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 3303: Galaxies Across Cosmic Time

Credit Hours3

MATH 1120, MATH 1220, or MATH 1920, PHYS 1112, PHYS 1116, or PHYS 2217 or permission of instructor.

Typically OfferedFall

This course provides an overview of our current understanding of how galaxies have evolved over the last 13+ billion years and how their evolution has been influenced by their local intergalactic environment.  We will look at the evidence that links supermassive black holes, gas accretion and merger events to galaxy evolution and track the star formation rate from early to current epochs.  Additional topics will include the formation and distribution of clusters and groups of galaxies, the importance of dark matter and how galaxy evolution fits into the framework of current cosmological models.