Astronomy Undergraduate Program

Astronomy B.S. Requirements

KU Core requirements not met by major requirements (~24 credits or equivalent experiences)

Hours

Goal 2

Written (2 units) and oral communication  (1 unit)

9

Goal 3A 3B

Fundamental knowledge in Humanities, Social Sciences

6

Goal 4

Human Diversity and Cultural Understanding and Global Awareness

6

Goal 5

Social responsibility and ethical behavior

3

Goals 1 & 3C

Met by foundational courses in chemistry, mathematics and physics

 

Foundational Physics & Mathematics  (19.5 credits)

Hours

PHSX 150

Seminar in Physics, Astronomy & Engineering Physics

0.5

PHSX 211 or 213

General Physics I (213 is honors/majors equivalent, 5 credits includes lab)

4

PHSX 212 or 214

General Physics II (214 is honors/majors equivalent, 4 credits includes lab)

3

PHSX 216

General Physics I Laboratory

1

PHSX 236

General Physics II Laboratory

1

MATH 125

Calculus I

5

MATH 126

Calculus II

5

General Science Requirements (8 to 9 credits)

Hours

Chemistry

CHEM 130 (or 190) Foundations of Chemistry

5

Computer Sci.

EECS 138 (3), Intro. to Computing or EECS 168 (4) Programming I

3-4

Advanced Mathematics (11 credits, 3 – 6 at jr/sr level)

Hours

MATH 127

Vector Calculus

3

MATH 290

Elementary Linear Algebra

2

MATH 320

Elem. Differential Equations. 

3

Math elective

ONE Course from the following list  PHSX 518, 718, MATH 465, 526, 530, 558, 581, 590, 628, 646,  647, 648, 660, 661, OR any 700-level MATH lecture course except for MATH 701 and 715.

3

Advanced Physics requirements for major (23 credits, all at jr/sr level)      

Hours

PHSX 313

General Physics III

3

PHSX 316

Intermediate Physics Laboratory (with or after PHSX 313)

1

PHSX 511

Intro. Quantum Mechanics

3

PHSX 516 or 536

Physical Measurements or Electronic Circuits & Measurements

4

PHSX 521

Mechanics I

3

PHSX 531

Electricity & Magnetism

3

PHSX 671

Thermal Physics

3

PHSX elective

Any physics lecture or laboratory course at 500 level or higher. PHSX 693 is recommended.  GEOL 572 , PHSX/ASTR 792 and 795 are also accepted for this requirement. PHSX 594 will not be accepted for BS astronomy majors to fulfill this elective requirement.

3

Astronomy requirements for major (18 credits, all at jr/sr level)

Hours

ASTR 391

Physical Astronomy

3

ASTR 503

Undergraduate Research. 1 credit is required for major; more may be taken. 
More than 1 credit of research may be required for departmental honors.

1

ASTR 591

Stellar Astronomy

3

ASTR 596

Observational Astrophysics

2

ASTR 592

Galactic & Extragalactic Astronomy

3

ASTR 691

Astrophysics I

3

ASTR 692

Astrophysics II

3

These requirements total 103.5 -104.5 credit hours assuming that each KU core requirement is met by 3 credit classes.  120 credits are now required for graduation, so 16.5 to 17.5 is left for elective choices.  The specific requirements include 47 jr/sr course credits so the regents requirements for 45 jr/sr credits is met by degree-specific requirements.

ASTR 596 will be taught in odd-numbered fall semesters concurrent with ASTR 591.

Students who wish to major in both physics and astronomy must meet the requirements of both degrees, plus the additional requirement that 15 credit hours must be completed that are unique to each degree.

Fulfillment of the Integrative Knowledge (Goal 6) core requirement will be met by:

  • completion of ASTR 596 and at least one credit of research in astronomy (ASTR 503 or 501, honors)
  • completion of requirements for this major in addition to those of another major or minor program
  • completion of requirements for the Research Certification (REP) program.

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