Astronomy Major

An Astronomy Major, taught by ACRU members, is offered as part of the BSc Mathematical Sciences stream in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

The table below gives the structure of the Major (all modules are 16 credits). Click on the links for the ASTR modules to view course content and learning goals.

Year 1

MATH130 (Introduction to Calculus)

MATH140 (Calculus and Linear Algebra)

PHYS110 (Mechanics, Optics and Thermal Physics)

PHYS120 (Electromagnetism, Waves and Modern Physics)

Year 2

ASTR203 (Stars and Planets)

ASTR204 (Galaxies and Cosmology)

MATH212 (Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra)

MATH251 (Further Calculus and Introductory Analysis)

Year 3

ASTR301 (Astronomy Beyond the Visible)

ASTR303 (Fluids in Astrophysics)

ASTR304 (Observational Project)

and either MATH327 (Numerical Analysis) or MATH344 (Tensor Analysis)

Note that from 2018, the modules ASTR203, ASTR204, ASTR304 have replaced ASTR201, ASTR202, ASTR302 respectively. This is only because the names of the modules have been changed – the content is identical to the older courses.

The first year curriculum is the same as the first year of the Physics Major, and we recommend that students register for both the Astronomy and Physics Majors.