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Emeriti: (Professors) Ronald N. Bracewell, Von R. Eshleman, Peter A. Sturrock, G. Leonard Tyler, Robert V. Wagoner

Committee in Charge: Vahé Petrosian (Director), Roger W. Romani, Sarah Church

Professors: Roger Blandford (Physics, SLAC), Blas Cabrera (Physics), Steven Kahn (Physics, SLAC), Peter Michelson (Physics, SLAC), Vahé Petrosian (Physics, Applied Physics), Roger W. Romani (Physics)

Associate Professors: Tom Abel (Physics, SLAC), Sarah Church (Physics)

Assistant Professors: Steve Allen (Physics, SLAC), Stefan Funk (Physics, SLAC), Chau-Lin Kuo (Physics, SLAC), Risa Wechsler (Physics, SLAC)

Professor (Research): Philip H. Scherrer (Physics)

Program Offices: Varian, Room 316

Mail Code: 94305-4060

Phone: (650) 723-1439

Web Site:

Astronomy courses are offered primarily through the Physics department, with subject code PHYSICS, and are listed in the "Physics [PHYSICS] Courses" section of this bulletin.

Although Stanford University does not have a degree program in astronomy or astrophysics, teaching and research in various branches of these disciplines are ongoing activities in the departments of Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Physics.

For the convenience of students interested in astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology, a course program for undergraduate and graduate study is listed in the "Astronomy Cognate Courses" section of this bulletin. The list provides introductory courses for the student who wishes to be informed about the fields of astronomy without the need for prerequisites beyond high school algebra and physics. Courses in astronomy numbered below 100 are designed to serve this group of students. Astronomy courses numbered 100-199 serve the student interested in an initial scientific study of astronomy. The courses numbered 200 and above are for graduate students and advanced undergraduates, subject to prior approval by the course instructor.

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