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Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO) - Archive

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Begin Date: Summer Session 1998
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO) - Archive

PROFESSOR PETER MÉSZÁROS, Head

This major is intended not only to train and develop future astronomers, but also to give the student a better understanding of the character and origin of the extraterrestrial environment. The program of study is a suitable preparation for graduate work, research in industry, careers in government, or teaching. Thus, a B.S. degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics is offered with two options: (1) Graduate Study and (2) Computer Science. A student should select one of the options before entering the fifth semester.

Students planning to teach in public schools should schedule the appropriate courses leading to certification and contact the person in charge of science education early in their program. More information on teaching certification requirements is given in the College of Education Secondary Education program under the science teaching options (see also Teacher Education Programs).

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

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(18 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 96 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): 63 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (48 credits)
ASTRO 291 GN(3), 292 GN(3)[1], 293(1), ENGL 202C GWS(3), MATH 230(4), 251(4), PHYS 237(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 201 GN(4), 202 GN(4)[1], 204 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 12 credits from ASTRO 410(3), 440(3), 451(2), 452(1), 475W(3), 480(3), 485(3) (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 33 credits

GRADUATE STUDY OPTION: 33 credits

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

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from PHYS 401(3), 402(4), 406(3), 411(3), 420(3), 457(1-3), 458(4), 461(3), and E E 490(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (14 credits)
Select 3 additional credits from advanced courses in computer science and engineering, mathematics, or statistics (Sem: 5-6)
Select 11 credits in consultation with adviser from department list (Sem: 3-8)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OPTION: 33 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), 319(3), 401(3), 414(3), or 451(3) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 6 credits from CSE 231(3), 260(3), 271(3), 312(3), or 465(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 6 additional credits from approved advanced courses in computer science and engineering (Sem: 5-8)
Select 12 credits in consultation with adviser from department list (Sem: 3-8)

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


The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

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 1998

Blue Sheet Item #: 26-07-080

Review Date: 6/2/99 (General Education Update)

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