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Professor & Chair of Physics
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Hands-on experience with research-grade equipment is key to learning astronomy. Facilities include multiple telescopes with photometric and spectroscopic instrumentation (purchased through a grant from the Frederick and Ida Hummel Foundation). Knox also has a small rooftop observatory on the Umbeck Science and Mathematics Center.
Courses include introductory classes in astronomy and exobiology and an upper-level laboratory-based course in observational astronomy. In upper-level courses in astrophysics and cosmology, topics include:
Some background in general physics and mathematics is needed to complete the upper-level courses.