Recommended Academic Plan for Astronomy & Astrophysics Graduate Studies Option

Effective Date: Spring 2014

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
ASTRO 020S - First Year Astronomy SeminarNotes for: ASTRO 020S

ASTRO 020S

Only available at University Park; will count in your degree audit as a supporting course
2
MATH 140 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry I *#†Notes for: MATH 140

MATH 140

Prescribed Courses
Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
CHEM 110 - Chemical Principles I *#†Notes for: CHEM 110

CHEM 110

Prescribed Courses
Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
PHYS 211 - General Physics: Mechanics *#†Notes for: PHYS 211

PHYS 211

Prescribed Courses
Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
3
Total credits 16

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
3
MATH 141 - Calculus with Analytic Geometry II *#†Notes for: MATH 141

MATH 141

Prescribed Courses
Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
CHEM 111 - Experimental Chemistry I †Notes for: CHEM 111

CHEM 111

Prescribed Courses
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1
CHEM 112 - Chemical Principles II †Notes for: CHEM 112

CHEM 112

Prescribed Courses
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
PHYS 212 - General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism *#†Notes for: PHYS 212 - General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 212 - General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
1.5
Total credits 16.5

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
ASTRO 291 - Astronomical Methods and the Solar System *#†Notes for: ASTRO 291

ASTRO 291

Only available at University Park Fall Semester
Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
4
PHYS 213 - General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics *†Notes for: PHYS 213

PHYS 213

Prescribed courses
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
2
PHYS 214 - General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics *†Notes for: PHYS 214

PHYS 214

Prescribed courses
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
2
3
Total credits 14

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
ASTRO 292 - Astronomy of the Distant Universe *†Notes for: ASTRO 292

ASTRO 292

Only available at University Park Spring Semester
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
4
3
CMPSC 121 - Introduction to Programming Techniques †Notes for: CMPSC 121

CMPSC 121

GQ
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or CMPSC 201 - Programming for Engineers with C++ †Notes for: CMPSC 201

CMPSC 201

GQ
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or CMPSC 202 - Programming for Engineers with FORTRAN †Notes for: CMPSC 202

CMPSC 202

GQ
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
General Education Course

IL/US / GA / GH / GS

3
Total credits 16

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
ASTRO 320 - Observational Astronomy Laboratory †Notes for: ASTRO 320

ASTRO 320

Prescribed Course GN
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
ASTRO 4XX *Notes for: ASTRO 4XX

ASTRO 4XX

Any Astro 4XX class will satisfy this requirement except Astro 401, 402, 494H, or 496
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
3
3
General Education Course

IL/US / GA / GH / GS

3
1.5
Total credits 16.5

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
ASTRO 4XX *Notes for: ASTRO 4XX

ASTRO 4XX

Any Astro 4XX class will satisfy this requirement except Astro 401, 402, 494H, or 496
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
PHYS 400Notes for: PHYS 400

PHYS 400

Prescribed course
4
CMPSC/MATH/STATNotes for: CMPSC/MATH/STAT

CMPSC/MATH/STAT

300 or 400 level courses only
3
ENGL 202C - Effective Writing: Technical Writing †Notes for: ENGL 202C

ENGL 202C

GWS
Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
3
Total credits 16

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
ASTRO 4XX *Notes for: ASTRO 4XX

ASTRO 4XX

Any Astro 4XX class will satisfy this requirement except Astro 401, 402, 494H, or 496
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
4
PHYS 4XXNotes for: PHYS 4XX

PHYS 4XX

Select 6-7 credits from PHYS 402(4), PHYS 406(3), PHYS 411(3), PHYS 420(3), PHYS 457(1-3), PHYS 457W(3), PHYS 458(4); PHYS 461(3); PHYS 479(3) (Sem: 7-8)
3
3
3
Total credits 16

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
ASTRO 4XX *Notes for: ASTRO 4XX

ASTRO 4XX

Any Astro 4XX class will satisfy this requirement except Astro 401, 402, 494H, or 496
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
PHYS 4XXNotes for: PHYS 4XX

PHYS 4XX

Select 6-7 credits from PHYS 402(4), PHYS 406(3), PHYS 411(3), PHYS 420(3), PHYS 457(1-3), PHYS 457W(3), PHYS 458(4); PHYS 461(3); PHYS 479(3) (Sem: 7-8)
3
Supporting CourseNotes for: Supporting Course

Supporting Course

Select from department list in consultation with advisor
3
Supporting CourseNotes for: Supporting Course

Supporting Course

Select from department list in consultation with advisor
3
Supporting CourseNotes for: Supporting Course

Supporting Course

Select from department list in consultation with advisor
2
Total credits 14

Additional Notes

  • GWS, GQ, GA, GH, GS, GN and GHA are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements. All students are required to take one IL and one US course before graduation. A course designated as US;IL may be used as a US or an IL, not both.
  • W suffix signifies the course satisfies the University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Program Notes

Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US)" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)."

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

Footnotes

ASTRO 020S
Only available at University Park; will count in your degree audit as a supporting course
MATH 140
Prescribed Courses
CHEM 110
Prescribed Courses
PHYS 211
Prescribed Courses
ENGL 15
General Education GWS
ENGL 30
General Education GWS
ESL 15
General Education GWS
MATH 141
Prescribed Courses
CHEM 111
Prescribed Courses
CHEM 112
Prescribed Courses
ASTRO 291
Only available at University Park Fall Semester
MATH 230
Prescribed courses
PHYS 213
Prescribed courses
PHYS 214
Prescribed courses
CAS 100
GWS
ASTRO 292
Only available at University Park Spring Semester
MATH 251
Prescribed courses
PHYS 237
Prescribed courses
CMPSC 121
GQ
CMPSC 201
GQ
CMPSC 202
GQ
ASTRO 320
Prescribed Course GN
ASTRO 4XX
Any Astro 4XX class will satisfy this requirement except Astro 401, 402, 494H, or 496
MATH 405
Prescribed course
PHYS 419 (MATH 419)
Prescribed course
ASTRO 4XX
Any Astro 4XX class will satisfy this requirement except Astro 401, 402, 494H, or 496
PHYS 400
Prescribed course
CMPSC/MATH/STAT
300 or 400 level courses only
ENGL 202C
GWS
ASTRO 4XX
Any Astro 4XX class will satisfy this requirement except Astro 401, 402, 494H, or 496
PHYS 410
Prescribed course
PHYS 4XX
Select 6-7 credits from PHYS 402(4), PHYS 406(3), PHYS 411(3), PHYS 420(3), PHYS 457(1-3), PHYS 457W(3), PHYS 458(4); PHYS 461(3); PHYS 479(3) (Sem: 7-8)
ASTRO 4XX
Any Astro 4XX class will satisfy this requirement except Astro 401, 402, 494H, or 496
PHYS 4XX
Select 6-7 credits from PHYS 402(4), PHYS 406(3), PHYS 411(3), PHYS 420(3), PHYS 457(1-3), PHYS 457W(3), PHYS 458(4); PHYS 461(3); PHYS 479(3) (Sem: 7-8)
Supporting Course
Select from department list in consultation with advisor
Supporting Course
Select from department list in consultation with advisor
Supporting Course
Select from department list in consultation with advisor