Astronomy and Astrophysics Research and Education
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill









Group members

NC A&T State University
Dr. A. Kebede (PI)
S. Danagoulian
G. Smith
R. Gamble
Shanel Deal
C. Foster
K. Flurchick
B. Griego
A. Trotter

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Daniel Reichart (Co-PI)
Josh Haislip
Aaron LaCluyze

International Activities and Collaborators

International Heliophysical Year
Chapman Conference, Ethiopia
US-Armenia IRES proposal


HBCU-TIP Courses at NCAT  and UNC-CH equivalents

PHYS-101. Introduction to Astronomy  Cr 3(3-0)
This course discusses the fundamentals of astronomy with emphasis on methods of observation and the solar system. It also discusses astronomical instruments including optical and radio telescopes. The course deals with the nature of the sun, moon, planets and other objects of the solar system.

PHYS 280.  Introduction to Space Science  Cr3(3-0)
The major components of Space Science include any field of science that studies properties of outer space (the region beyond the Earth's atmosphere), and/or that requires a space-based operation. Space Science areas include both remote sensing studies of Earth and more distant objects including the near-Earth space environment. Prerequisite PHYS101

PHYS 451. Introduction to Astrophysics  Ct 3(3-0)
This course is the study of radiation from stars and nebulae to determine the basic stellar characteristics, the composition and physical conditions of matter in and between the stars. It also investigates the structural properties of our milky-way galaxy, as evidenced by the spatial distribution of dust, gas, stars and magnetic fields. Prerequisite: PHYS 242.

PHYS 480.  Introduction to Solar Physics Cr 3(3-0)
Sun as a Star: Radius, Mass, Luminosity. Measuring of These Parameters. Other Characteristics of the Sun: Variability of Rotation, Magnetism, Chemical Structure, and Planetary System. The course will discuss the structure of solar bowels and atmosphere. Contemporary research on the Sun will be discussed. PHYS 415 and PHYS 406.

Introduction to Space Radiation


PHYS 500. Special Topics in Physics -Space science focus    (Variable credit 1-3)
This a junior-senior level course on selected topics in physics not covered in other courses. A descriptive title, syllabus and the amount of credit must receive departmental approval before scheduling.  Students’ records will carry both course number and descriptive title.  The course may be repeated to earn a maximum of six credits. (DEMAND)

PHYS 550.  Undergraduate Research                  (Variable credit 1-3)
This course involves student participation in research conducted by faculty. Topics may be analytical and/or experimental and encourage independent study. The amount of credit will be determined before the beginning of the course.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor before scheduling. (F;S;SS)

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