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2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog

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Astronomy
Description of the Major
The Bachelor of Science in astronomy provides knowledge of basic concepts, theories and observational findings concerning the structure and evolution of planetary systems, stars, stellar systems such as galaxies, and cosmology. You will understand the basic concepts, theories and experimental findings in modern physics, electricity and magnetism, and mechanics as they apply to astronomy and astrophysics. You will learn scientific methodology and its application in specific contexts, the use of observations in testing hypotheses and the limitations of astronomical observations as well as how to critically evaluate them.

Additional information is available from your major's website.
Before Graduating You Must
  • Achieve an acceptable score on a comprehensive examination in AST 4930 Student Assessment.
  • Satisfy the Florida statutory requirements for CLAST.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory (C or better) performance on a selection of coursework from each of the 4000-level astronomy courses as graded by a faculty committee independently of the instructor and not as part of the course grade.
Skills You Will Acquire in the Major (SLOs)
  1. Know basic concepts, theories and observational findings concerning the structure and evolution of planetary systems, stars, stellar systems and cosmology.
  2. Know basic concepts, theories and experimental findings in three core areas of physics modern physics, electricity and magnetism and mechanics as they apply to astronomy and astrophysics.
  3. Know scientific methodology and its application in specific contexts, the use of observations in testing hypotheses and the limitations of astronomical observations.
  4. Evaluate the significance and quality of information gathered observationally or from the literature, reason critically from this information and apply it effectively.
  5. Articulate research results clearly in speech and in writing in an appropriate style of presentation.

Courses Content Critical Thinking Communication
SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5
Required
AST 3018 X        
AST 3019 X        
AST 3722C     X X X
PHY 2048   X      
PHY 2048L   X X X X
PHY 2049   X      
PHY 2049L   X X X X
PHY 3101   X      
PHY 3221   X      
PHY 3323   X      
PHY 4222   X      
PHY 4324   X      
Take one of four
PHY 3513   X      
PHY 4422   X      
PHY 4523   X      
PHY 4604   X      
Take five of six
AST 4112 X   X    
AST 4211 X   X    
AST 4300 X   X X X
AST 4402 X   X X X
AST 4723C     X X  
AST 4905       X X

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