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Bachelor of Science in Space Sciences–Astronomy and Astrophysics

The undergraduate space sciences program for the astronomy and astrophysics major is designed for students interested in pursuing a broad range of space-related careers, either upon completion of the bachelor's degree program or after completing graduate studies. Emphasis in the curriculum for the astronomy and astrophysics majors is on achieving a broad yet rigorous education in the basic physical, mathematical and engineering sciences as a foundation for successful entry into any of the many subfields of modern space science activity.

Because basic physics and introductory space sciences courses form a critically important foundation for all advanced coursework in the space sciences program, the minimum grade for satisfying the prerequisite requirements for a space sciences major is a grade of C for each of the following courses: PHY 1001, PHY 2002, PHY 2003, PHY 2091, PHY 2092, SPS 1010, SPS 1020.

This program is designed to meet the needs of students intending to pursue graduate education and a career in the astronomical sciences.

Freshman Year

FALL CREDITS
ASC 1000 University Experience 1
CHM 1101 Chemistry 1 4
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MTH 1001 Calculus 1* 4
PHY 1050 Physics and Space Science Seminar 1
SPS 1020 Introduction to Space Sciences* 3
   16

  

SPRING CREDITS
CHM 1102 Chemistry 2 4
MTH 1002 Calculus 2 4
PHY 1001 Physics 1 4
PHY 2091 Physics Lab 1 1
SPS 1010 Introduction to Astronomy 3
   16

  Sophomore Year

FALL CREDITS
COM 1102 Writing About Literature 3
MTH 2001 Calculus 3 4
PHY 2002 Physics 2 4
PHY 2092 Physics Lab 2 1
   Restricted Elective (CSE 15xx) 3
   15

  

SPRING CREDITS
COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication 3
HUM 2051 Civilization 1 3
MTH 2201 Differential Equations / Linear Algebra 4
PHY 2003 Modern Physics 3
SPS 2010 Observational Astronomy 3
     16

Junior Year

FALL CREDITS
PHY 3011 Physical Mechanics 4
PHY 3060 Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics 4
SPS 3020 Methods and Instrumentation 3
   Humanities Core Course 3
   Restricted Elective (MTH 3xxx) 3
   17

  

SPRING CREDITS
MTH 3210 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and Applications 3
PHY 3035 Quantum Mechanics 4
PHY 3440 Electromagnetic Theory 3
SPS 3030 Orbital Mechanics 3
   Free Elective 3
   16

Senior Year

FALL CREDITS
MAE 3161 Fluid Mechanics 1 or OCE 3030 Fluid Mechanics 3
PHY 4020 Optics 3
PHY 4021 Experiments in Optics 1
SPS 4010 Astrophysics 1 3
SPS 4200 Senior Seminar 1 (Q) 1
   Humanities Elective 3
   Technical Elective or Undergraduate Research 3
   17

  

SPRING CREDITS
SPS 4020 Astrophysics 2 3
SPS 4025 Introduction to Space Plasma Physics or SPS 4035 Comparative Planetology** 3
SPS 4110 Senior Lab 2
SPS 4210 Senior Seminar 2 (Q) 1
   Social Science Elective 3
   Technical Elective or Undergraduate Research 3
   15

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 128

*Students will be block registered into Introduction to Space Sciences (SPS 1020). If a student places into Calculus 2 (MTH 1002), the student is encouraged to take Physics 1 (PHY 1001) in the first semester and SPS 1020 later in the program.

**Courses taught on an alternate-year basis.

Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern  
HUM 2142   World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial  
HUM 2212   British and American Literature 1  
HUM 2213   British and American Literature 2  
HUM 2331   American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era  
HUM 2332   American History: From Reconstruction to the Present  

Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.