Major: Astronomy and Astrophysics


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Astronomy and Astrophysics Major

Effective Fall 2014

May be elected as a departmental major; not open to those with a major in Interdisciplinary Astronomy

Prerequisites to the Major. 

  1. Mathematics through MATH 216
  2. PHYSICS160/161 [or PHYSICS 140/141 and one of EECS 183, ENGIN 101, or an equivalent computing course approved by the Astronomy department advisor]
  3. PHYSICS 240/241 or 260/261
  4. PHYSICS 340/341 or 360/341

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 36 credits, distributed as follows:

  1. Astronomy Core:
    ASTRO 201, 361, 399, 402, 404, and 429
  2. Physics Core:
    PHYSICS 390, 401, 405, 453
  3. Quantitative Techniques:
    One of: PHYSICS 351 or 411
  4. Astronomy Electives:
    One of: ASTRO 403, 405, 406, 461, or by permission of instructor, a 500-level ASTRO course.

Students are urged to complete the requirements in physics and mathematics as soon as possible. Students planning graduate work might benefit from knowledge of Spanish, but this is not essential.

Honors Plan

Students who are interested in scholarly research in astronomy and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 are encouraged to consider the Honors plan. Students with a lower GPA may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the department advisor. The program requires writing a senior Honors thesis based on research done in collaboration with a faculty member. Interested students should consult with the department advisor by the beginning of their junior year.

Astronomy and Astrophysics Major (Winter 2013-Summer 2014) +

Effective Winter 2013-Summer 2014

May be elected as a departmental major; not open to those with a major in Interdisciplinary Astronomy

Prerequisites to the Major

  • Mathematics through MATH 216;
  • PHYSICS 140/141, 240/241 (or Honors equivalents), and 340/341.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 36 credits, distributed as follows:

  1. ASTRO 201, 361, 399, 402, 404, and 429
  2. Physics Core: PHYSICS 390, 401, 405, 453
  3. Electives/Cognates:
    • One of the following mathematics courses: MATH 450, MATH 454, or PHYSICS 351 (preferred).
    • In addition, all astronomy majors are required to elect one of the following: 
      • ASTRO 403, 405, or 420; 
      • PHYSICS 411; 
      • or, by  permission of instructor, a 500-level ASTRO course..

Students are urged to complete the requirements in physics and mathematics as soon as possible. Students planning graduate work might benefit from knowledge of Spanish, but this is not essential.

Honors Plan. Students who are interested in scholarly research in astronomy and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 are encouraged to consider the Honors plan. Students with a lower GPA may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the department advisor. The program requires writing a senior Honors thesis based on research done in collaboration with a faculty member. Interested students should consult with the department advisor by the beginning of their junior year.

Astronomy and Astrophysics Major (Fall 2012) +

Effective Fall 2012

May be elected as a departmental major; not open to those with a major in Interdisciplinary Astronomy

Prerequisites to the Major

  • Mathematics through MATH 216;
  • PHYSICS 140/141, 240/241 (or Honors equivalents), and 340/341.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 36 credits, distributed as follows:

ASTRO 201, 361, 399, 402, 404, and 429 form the core of the major.

All astronomy majors also must elect PHYSICS 390, 401, 405, 453, and one of the following mathematics courses: MATH 450, MATH 454, or PHYSICS 351 (preferred).

In addition, all astronomy majors are required to elect one of the following: ASTRO 401, 403, 405, or 406.

Students are urged to complete the requirements in physics and mathematics as soon as possible. Students planning graduate work might benefit from knowledge of Spanish, but this is not essential.

Honors Plan. Students who are interested in scholarly research in astronomy and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 are encouraged to consider the Honors plan. Students with a lower GPA may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the department advisor. The program requires writing a senior Honors thesis based on research done in collaboration with a faculty member. Interested students should consult with the department advisor by the beginning of their junior year.

Advising. The department advisor is Professor Bergin. Information about scheduling advising appointments is available from the Department office.

Astronomy and Astrophysics Major (Effective Winter 2012-Summer 2012) +

Effective Winter 2012-Summer 2012

May be elected as a departmental major

Prerequisites to the Major

  • Mathematics through MATH 216;
  • PHYSICS 140/141, 240/241 (or Honors equivalents), and 340/341.

Requirements for the major

A minimum of 36 credits, distributed as follows:

ASTRO 201, 361, 399, 402, 404, and 429 form the core of the major.

All astronomy majors also must elect PHYSICS 390, 401, 405, 453, and one of the following mathematics courses: MATH 450, MATH 454, or PHYSICS 351 (preferred).

In addition, all astronomy majors are required to elect one of the following: ASTRO 401, 403, 405, or 406.

Students are urged to complete the requirements in physics and mathematics as soon as possible. Students planning graduate work might benefit from knowledge of Spanish, but this is not essential.

Honors Plan. Students who are interested in scholarly research in astronomy and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 are encouraged to consider Honors major. Students with a lower GPA may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the department advisor. The program requires writing a senior Honors thesis based on research done in collaboration with a faculty member. Interested students should consult with the department advisor by the beginning of their junior year.

Advising. The department advisor is Professor Bergin. Information about scheduling advising appointments is available from the Department office.

Astronomy and Astrophysics concentration (Fall 2011) +

Effective Fall 2011 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Prerequisites to Concentration.

  • ASTRO 160 is preferred but ASTRO 101, 102, 104, or 115 will be accepted;
  • Mathematics through MATH 216;
  • PHYSICS 140/141, 240/241 (or Honors equivalents), and 340/341.

Concentration Program.

ASTRO 361, 399, 402, 404, and 429 form the core of the concentration program.

All astronomy concentrators also must elect PHYSICS 390, 401, 405, 453, and one of the following mathematics courses: MATH 404, MATH 450, MATH 556, or PHYSICS 351.

In addition, all astronomy concentrators are required to elect one of the following: ASTRO 401, 403, 405, or 406.

Students are urged to complete the requirements in physics and mathematics as soon as possible. Students planning graduate work might benefit from knowledge of Spanish, but this is not essential.

Honors Concentration. Students who are interested in scholarly research in astronomy and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 are encouraged to consider Honors concentration. Students with a lower GPA may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the concentration advisor. The program requires writing a senior Honors thesis based on research done in collaboration with a faculty member. Interested students should consult with the concentration advisor by the beginning of their junior year.

 

Astronomy and Astrophysics concentration (Effective through Summer 2011) +

Effective through Summer 2011 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Prerequisites to Concentration.

ASTRO 160 is preferred but ASTRO 101, 102, 111, 112, 120, 125, or 130 will be accepted;

Mathematics through MATH 216;

PHYSICS 140/141, 240/241 (or Honors equivalents), and 340/341.

Concentration Program.

ASTRO 361, 399, 402, 404, and 429 form the core of the concentration program.

All astronomy concentrators also must elect PHYSICS 390, 401, 405, 453, and one of the following mathematics courses: MATH 404, MATH 450, MATH 556, or PHYSICS 451.

In addition, all astronomy concentrators are required to elect one of the following: ASTRO 401, 403, 405, or 406.

Students are urged to complete the requirements in physics and mathematics as soon as possible. Students planning graduate work might benefit from knowledge of Spanish, but this is not essential.

Honors Concentration. Students who are interested in scholarly research in astronomy and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 are encouraged to consider Honors concentration. Students with a lower GPA may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the concentration advisor. The program requires writing a senior Honors thesis based on research done in collaboration with a faculty member. Interested students should consult with the concentration advisor by the beginning of their junior year.

Advising. The concentration advisor is Professor Bregman. Information about scheduling advising appointments is available from the Department office.


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