Major in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences 2013-2014

The Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences department reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. Please check with the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student.

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences majors must complete the requirements listed below.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

General Astronomy Track:

This track is appropriate for students aiming for a career in K-12 education, science journalism, science policy, information technology, science management, or technical work that does not require a graduate degree.

Major in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences 2006-2007
CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses
  • ASTR 1300 (3) Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 1 and
  • ASTR 1040 (3) Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 2

or

  • ASTR 1010 (4) Introductory Astronomy 1 and
  • ASTR 1020 (4) Introductory Astronomy 2
  • AST 101 (4) Astronomy I
  • AST 102 (4) Astronomy II
  • PHYS 1110 (4) General Physics 1 and
  • PHYS 1120 (4) General Physics 2 and
  • PHYS 1140 (1) Experimental Physics 1
  • PHY 211 (5) Physics: Calc. Based I
  • PHY 212 (5) Physics: Calculus-Based II

Note: Students who take PHY 212 will receive credit for both PHYS 1120 and PHYS 1140 at UCB provided they do not also take the equivalent courses at UCB.

  • APPM 1350 (4) Calculus 1 for Engineers and
  • APPM 1360 (4) Calculus 2 for Engineers

or

  • MATH 1300 (5) Calculus 1 and
  • MATH 2300 (5) Calculus 2
  • MAT 201 (5) Calculus I
  • MAT 202 (5) Calculus II

One of the following four courses:

  • ASTR 2500/ASEN 1400 (3) Gateway to Space
  • ASTR 2600 (3) Computational Techniques
  • PHYS 2130 (3) General Physics
  • PHYS 2170 (3) Foundations of Modern Physics

Minimum of two additional courses selected from the following:

  • ASTR 2000 (3) Ancient Astronomies
  • ASTR 2010 (3) Modern Cosmology
  • ASTR 2020 (3) Introduction to Space Astronomy
  • ASTR 2030 (3) Black Holes
  • ASTR 2040 (3) Life in the Universe
  • ASTR 2500 (3) Gateway to Space
  • ASTR 2600 (3) Computational Techniques
  • ASTR 3300 (3) Extraterrestrial Life

One other science sequence with lab.

This requirement can be satisfied by any sequence that satisfies Arts and Sciences core curriculum in natural sciences with lab, for example:

  • CHEM 1113 (4) General Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 1114 (1) Lab in General Chemistry 1

and

  • CHE 111 (5) Gen. College Chem I/Lab

Note: Students who complete CHE 111 will receive credit for both CHEM 1113 & CHEM 1114 at UCB provided they do not also take the equivalent courses at UCB.

  • CHEM 1131 (4) General Chemistry 2 and
  • CHEM 1134 (1) Lab in General Chemistry 2
  • CHE 112 (5) Gen. College Chem II/Lab

Note: Students who complete CHE 112 will receive credit for both CHEM 1133 & CHEM 1134 at UCB provided they do not also take the equivalent courses at UCB.

or

  • EBIO 1210 (3) General Biology 1 and
  • EBIO 1230 (1) General Biology 1 Lab and
  • BIO 111 (5) Gen. College Biology I

NOTE: Students who complete BIO 111 will receive credit for both EBIO 1210 & EBIO 1230 provided they do not take the equivalent courses at UCB.

  • EBIO 1220 (3) General Biology 2
  • BIO 112 (5) Gen. College Biology II

NOTE: Students who complete BIO 112 will receive credit for both EBIO 1220 & EBIO 1240 provided they do not take the equivalent courses at UCB.

or

  • GEOL 1010 (3) Introduction to Geology 1 and
  • GEOL 1030 (1) Introduction to Geology Lab 1 and
  • GEY 111 (4) Physical Geology

NOTE: Students who complete GEY 111 will receive credit for both GEOL 1010 & GEOL 1030 provided they do not take the equivalent courses at UCB.

  • GEOL 1020 (3) Introduction to Geology 2
  • GEY 121 (4) Historical Geology

or

  • ATOC 1050 (3) Weather and the Atmosphere and
  • ATOC 1060 (3) Our Changing Environment: El Niño, Ozone, & Climate and
  • ATOC 1070 (1) Weather and the Atmosphere Lab
  • MET 150 (4) General Meteorology

Note: Students who complete MET 150 will receive 4 hours of transfer credit at UCB provided that they do not also take the equivalent UCB course.

One of the following upper-division course sequences:

  • ASTR 3720 (3) Planets and their Atmospheres and
  • ASTR 3750 (3) Planets, Moons, and Rings

or

  • ASTR 3730 (3) Astrophysics 1: Stellar and Interstellar and
  • ASTR 3830 (3) Astrophysics 2: Galactic and Extragalactic

Four additional courses from the following or from those sequence courses not used for the upper-division sequence requirement above:

  • ASEN 4010 (3) Introduction to Space Dynamics
  • ASTR 3510 (4) Observations and Instrumentation 1
  • ASTR 3520 (4) Observations and Instrumentation 2
  • ASTR 3710 (3) Formation and Dynamics of Planetary Systems
  • ASTR 3740 (3) Cosmology and Relativity
  • ASTR 3760 (3) Solar and Space Physics
  • ASTR 3800 (3) Scientific Data Analysis and Computing
  • ASTR 4330 (3) Cosmochemistry
  • ASTR 4800 (3) Space Practice and Policy
  • ASTR 5760 (3) Astrophysical Instrumentation (w/ instructor’s approval)
  • ATOC 4720 (3) Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics

Astrophysics/Physics Track:

This track is jointly supervised by the APS and Physics departments and is appropriate for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in astronomy or planetary sciences. This track is similar to Physics Plan 2 (Astrophysics), with additional astrophysics instrumentation labs and different electives.

Students must complete a minimum of 23 credit hours in astrophysics and a minimum of 28 credit hours in physics (which must include at least 15 upper-division credit hours in astrophysics and 12 upper-division hours in physics).

Major in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences 2006-2007
CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses
  • APPM 1350 (4) Calculus 1 for Engineers and
  • APPM 1360 (4) Calculus 2 for Engineers and
  • APPM 2350 (4) Calculus 3 for Engineers

or

  • MATH 1300 (5) Calculus 1 and
  • MATH 2300 (5) Calculus 2 and
  • MATH 2400 (4) Calculus 3
  • MAT 201 (5) Calculus I
  • MAT 202 (5) Calculus II
  • MAT 203 (5) Calculus III

and

  • APPM 2360 (4) Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations with Linear Algebra

or

  • MATH 3130 (3) Introduction to Linear Algebra and
  • MATH 4430 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MAT 266 (4) Differential Equations with Linear Algebra

and

  • ASTR 1030 (4) Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 1 and
  • ASTR 1040 (4) Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 2

and

  • ASTR 3720 (3) Planets and Their Atmospheres and
  • ASTR 3750 (3) Planets, Moons, and Rings

or

  • ASTR 3730 (3) Astrophysics 1:Stellar and Interstellar and
  • ASTR 3830 (3) Astrophysics 2: Galactic and Extragalactic

and

  • PHYS 1110 (4) General Physics 1 and
  • PHY 211 (5) Physics: Calc. Based I
  • PHYS 1120 (4) General Physics 2 and
  • PHYS 1140 (1) Experimental Physics 1
  • PHY 212 (5) Physics: Calculus-Based II

Note: Students who take PHY 212 will receive credit for both PHYS 1120 and PHYS 1140 at UCB provided they do not also take the equivalent courses at UCB.

and

  • PHYS 2150 (1) Experimental Physics and
  • PHYS 2170 (3) Foundations of Modern Physics and
  • PHYS 2210 (3) Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Methods 1

and

  • PHYS 3310 (3) Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 1 and
  • PHYS 3320 (3) Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 2 and
  • PHYS 3210 (3) Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Methods 2 and
  • PHYS 3220 (3) Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics 1

Suggested electives:

  • PHYS 4150 (3) Plasma Physics or
  • PHYS 4230 (3) Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics or
  • PHYS 4410 (3) Quantum Mechanics II or
  • PHYS 4420 (3) Nuclear and Particle Physics or
  • PHYS 4510 (3) Optics

Three additional courses from the following (or any of ASTR 3720, 3730, 3750, 3830 not used for the requirement above):

  • ASEN 4010 (3) Introduction to Space Dynamics
  • ASTR 3510 (4) Observations and Instrumentation 1
  • ASTR 3520 (4) Observations and Instrumentation 2
  • ASTR 3710 (3) Formation and Dynamics of Planetary Systems
  • ASTR 3740 (3) Cosmology and Relativity
  • ASTR 3760 (3) Solar and Space Physics
  • ASTR 3800 (3) Scientific Data Analysis and Computing
  • ASTR 4330 (3) Cosmochemistry
  • ATOC 4720 (3) Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics

Any 5000 or 6000 level physical and planetary sciences course with instructor’s permission (3 credit-hours)