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Bachelor of Science in Space Sciences–Astronomy and Astrophysics

The space sciences undergraduate program is designed for students interested in pursuing a broad range of space-related careers, either upon completion of the bachelor’s degree program in one of the three specific areas listed below or after completing graduate studies. Emphasis in the curriculum 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 (courses taught on an alternate-year basis)
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.

**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.