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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Astronomy and Astrophysics

University Park, Eberly College of Science (ASTRO)

PROFESSOR DONALD P. SCHNEIDER, 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.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Astronomy and Astrophysics major, a student must have: 1) Attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average. 2) Completed ASTRO 291 GN(3), CHEM 110 GN(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), PHYS 211 GN(4), and PHYS 212 GN(4); and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

For the B.S. degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics, a minimum of 125 credits is required.

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)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(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: 98 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): 64 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (49 credits)
ASTRO 291 GN(3)[1], ASTRO 292 GN(3)[1], ASTRO 320 GN(2), ENGL 202C GWS(3), MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4), PHYS 237(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1] , PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4)[1], PHYS 213 GN(2)[1], PHYS 214 GN(2)[1] (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
CMPSC 121 GQ(3), CMPSC 201 GQ(3), or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits[1] from 400-level ASTRO courses except 496 (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 34 credits

GRADUATE STUDY OPTION: (34 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (10 credits)
PHYS 400(3), PHYS 410(3-4), PHYS 419(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
Select 3 credits from MATH 405(3), MATH 411(3), or MATH 417(3) (Sem: 3-4)
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 457W(3), PHYS 461(3), and E E 471(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (14-15 credits)
Select 3 additional credits from advanced courses in computer science and engineering, mathematics, or statistics (Sem: 5-6)
Select 11-12 credits in consultation with adviser from department list (Sem: 3-8)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OPTION: (34 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
CMPSC 122(3), CMPSC 221(3) (Sem: 5-6)
CMPSC 451(3) (Sem: 6-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from STAT 318(3), STAT 319(3), STAT 401(3), or STAT 414(3) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 6 credits from CMPEN 271(3), CMPEN 331(3), CMPSC 360(3), or CMPSC 465(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (16 credits)
Select 3 additional credits from advanced courses in computer science and engineering, mathematics, or statistics (Sem: 5-8)
Select 13 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.

 

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2008

Blue Sheet Item #: 36-03-069

Review Date: 11/27/07

UCA Revision #1: 8/14/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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