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Astronomy Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Credit Hours: 42+

"PR" indicates a pre-requisite. "CO" indicates a co-requisite.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu for more information.

Required Courses

PHYS 111

General Physics I (3) CO: PHYS 111L; PR or CO: MATH 120 or equivalent or instructor permission

PHYS 111L

General Physics I Lab (1) CO: PHYS 111 or instructor permission

PHYS 112

General Physics II (3) PR: PHYS 111 and 111L; CO: PHYS 112L; PR or CO: MATH 220 or equivalent or instructor permission

PHYS 112L

General Physics II Lab (1) CO: PHYS 112 or instructor permission

PHYS 230

Introduction to Modern Physics I (3) PR: PHYS 112 or HONS 158; PR or CO: MATH 221 or instructor permission

PHYS 419

Research Seminar (1) PR or CO: PHYS 370 or ASTR 377 or instructor permission

PHYS 420*

Senior Research (3) PR: PHYS 419; instructor and department chair permission

OR

 

PHYS 499**

Bachelor’s Essay (6) PR: PHYS 419 or department chair permission. Credit will not be awarded for both PHYS 420 and PHYS 499

ASTR 206

Planetary Astronomy (3) PR: PHYS 111 and 111L (PHYS 101 and MATH 120 may substitute for PHYS 111 with instructor permission.)

OR

 

ASTR 311

Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics (3) PR: ASTR 230

Note: *Credit will not be awarded for both PHYS 420 and PHYS 499. **With department approval, PHYS 499 may be substituted for PHYS 420.

Complete an additional 12 credit hours. At least 6 credit hours must be selected from:

ASTR 205

Intelligent Life in the Universe (3) PR: None

ASTR 206*

Planetary Astronomy (3) PR: PHYS 111 and 111L (PHYS 101 and MATH 120 may substitute for PHYS 111 with instructor permission)

ASTR 311*

Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics (3) PR: ASTR 230

ASTR 312

Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy (3) PR: ASTR 311 and MATH 221 or instructor permission

ASTR 377

Experimental Astronomy (4) PR: PHYS 230or instructor permission

ASTR 413

Astrophysics (3) PR: PHYS 301 and MATH 323 or instructor permission

PHYS 390

Research (ASTR topic required) (1-3, Repeatable up to 6) PR: Instructor and department chair permission

Note: *When not used to fulfill the other above requirements.

Select an additional 6 credit hours from the following:

ASTR 205*

Intelligent Life in the Universe (3) PR: None

ASTR 206*

Planetary Astronomy (3) PR: PHYS 111 and 111L (PHYS 101 and MATH 120 may substitute for PHYS 111 with instructor permission)

ASTR 210

Black Holes in the Universe (3) PR: ASTR 130 or PHYS 102 or PHYS 112 or HONS 158

ASTR 260

NASA Space Mission Design (2) PR: ASTR 130 or ASTR 206 or HONS 160 or GEOL 206 or PHYS 102 or PHYS 112 or HONS 158 or instructor permission; CO: ASTR 260L or GEOL 260L or PHYS 260L or ASTR 460L or GEOL 460L or PHYS 460L

ASTR 260L

NASA Space Mission Design Lab (1) CO: ASTR 260

OR

 

ASTR 460L

NASA Space Mission Design Leadership Lab (1) PR: Instructor permission; CO: ASTR 260

ASTR 311*

Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics (3) PR: ASTR 230

ASTR 312*

Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy (3) PR: ASTR 311 and MATH 221 or instructor permission

ASTR 377*

Experimental Astronomy (4) PR: PHYS 230or instructor permission

ASTR 413*

Astrophysics (3) PR: PHYS 301 and MATH 323 or instructor permission

GEOL 206

Planetary Geology (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L or HONS 155 and 155L

GEOL 412

Crustal Geophysics (3) PR: GEOL 101 and 101L or GEOL 103 and 103L and GEOL 105 and 105L or HONS 155 and 155L and HONS 156 and 156L and MATH 120 and GEOL 352 or instructor permission

PHYS 301

Classical Mechanics (3) PR: PHYS 112 or HONS 158, and MATH 323 or instructor permission

PHYS 340

Photonics (4) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158

PHYS 390*

Research (ASTR topic required) (1-3, Repeatable up to 6) PR: Instructor and department chair permission

PHYS 403

Introductory Quantum Mechanics (3) PR: PHYS 230, MATH 323 or instructor permission

PHYS 404

Introductory Quantum Mechanics (a continuation of PHYS 403) (3) PR: PHYS 403 or instructor permission

PHYS 405

Thermal Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230

PHYS 407

Introduction to Nuclear Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

PHYS 409

 

Electricity and Magnetism (3) PR: PHYS 112, PHYS 112L or HONS 158 and MATH 323 or instructor permission

PHYS 410

Electricity and Magnetism (3) PR: PHYS 409

PHYS 412

Special Topics (1-3) PR: Instructor permission

PHYS 415

Fluid Mechanics (3) PR: MATH 323 and PHYS 301 or instructor permission

Note: *When not used to fulfill the other above requirements.

Math Requirement

MATH 120

Introductory Calculus (4) PR: C- or better in MATH 111 or placement

MATH 220

Calculus II (4) PR: MATH 120 or HONS 115

MATH 221

Calculus III (4) PR: MATH 220

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