Astrochemistry @ Illinois
Astrochemistry (ASTR/CHEM 450):
Covers the foundations of astrochemistry, a young field
at the intersection between chemistry and astronomy. Topics to be discussed
include the interstellar medium, atomic and molecular physics, interstellar
chemistry, molecular astronomy, and unresolved enigmas in the field. The
class will involve lectures, discussion, and readings from the primary and
review literature. Suitable for graduate students or advanced undergraduate
students in chemistry, physics, or astronomy. Prerequisites: CHEM 442 and
CHEM 444, or PHYS 427 and PHYS 486, or equivalent experience in quantum
mechanics, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics.
Expected to be offered in the Fall semester of even-numbered years.
Astrochemistry Laboratory (ASTR/CHEM 451):
An active, hands-on introduction to observational astrochemistry,
laboratory astrochemistry, and theoretical astrochemistry.
Activities will include astronomical observations of interstellar
molecules at the Observatory, spectroscopy of molecules in the
laboratory, quantum chemical calculations and simulations of molecular
spectra, and modeling of interstellar chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM/ASTR 450.
Expected to be offered in the Spring semester of odd-numbered years.
A wide variety of courses indirectly related to astrochemistry are offered by the Astronomy and Chemistry departments, and are listed here.