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(ARCHIVE) Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO)

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2000
End Date: Summer Session 2001

Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO) - (ARCHIVE)

PROFESSOR PETER MÉSZÁROS, Head

Astronomy involves the study of the properties, physical nature and origins of the planets, stars, galaxies and universe as a whole. It involves development of instrumentation, observations of celestial objects with ground- and space-based telescopes, and interpretation of findings using the mathematical laws of physics such as gravity, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. The undergraduate major provides a strong and broad foundation in mathematics, physical science and computation as well as a detailed understanding of modern astronomy. Many research opportunities are available to complement the formal classwork. Graduates proceed to advanced degrees in astronomy and other sciences, and into a wide variety of technical professions.

For the B.S. degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS MINOR: Students must take ASTRO 291 GN(3), ASTRO 292 GN(3); select 6 credits form 400-level ASTRO courses; and select 6-7 credits from additional ASTRO 400-level courses, E E 492(3), GEOSC 474(3), GEOSC 481(3), METEO 466(3), or PHYS 458(4) for a total of 18-19 credits.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 97-99 credits
(This includes 18 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 66-67 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (36 credits)
ASTRO 291 GN(3), ASTRO 292 GN(3)[1], ASTRO 293(1), ENGL 202C GWS(3), MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4), PHYS 237(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18-19 credits)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or CMPSC 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4)[1], PHYS 213 GN(2)[1], PHYS 214 GN(2)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3-4 credits from 400-level ASTRO courses, E E 492(3), GEOSC 474(3), GEOSC 481(3), METEO 466(3), PHYS 458(4) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from 400-level ASTRO courses except 496 (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 31-32 credits

GRADUATE STUDY OPTION: 31-32 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
MATH 220 GQ(2) (Sem: 3-4)
PHYS 400(3), PHYS 410(4), PHYS 419(3), PHYS 457(1) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
Select 6-7 credits from PHYS 401(3), PHYS 402(4), PHYS 406(3), PHYS 411(3), PHYS 420(3), PHYS 457(1-3), PHYS 461(3), and E E 490(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 3 additional credits from advanced courses in computer science and engineering, mathematics, or statistics (Sem: 5-6)
Select 9 credits in consultation with adviser from department list (Sem: 3-8)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OPTION: 31 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
CSE 120(3) (Sem: 5-8)
CSE 451(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from STAT 318(3), STAT 319(3), STAT 401(3), STAT 414(3), or STAT 451(3) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 6 credits from CSE 260(3), CSE 271(3), CSE 331(3), or CSE 465(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (16 credits)
Select 6 additional credits from advanced courses in computer science or computer engineering (Sem: 5-8)
Select 10 credits in consultation with adviser from department list (Sem: 3-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-02-056 and 057

Review Date: 10/10/00

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