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Undergradute Programs

The University does not offer a separate undergraduate major in astronomy. Students who intend to pursue graduate study in astronomy or space science are encouraged to major in physics, following the advanced sequence if possible, or in electrical engineering if the student has a strongly developed interest in radioscience. The course descriptions for these basic studies are listed under the appropriate department sections of this bulletin. Students desiring guidance in developing an astronomy-oriented course of study should contact the chair of the Astronomy Program Committee.

The following courses are suitable for undergraduates and are recommended to students considering advanced study in astronomy or astrophysics: 100, Introduction to Observational and Laboratory Astronomy; 106, Planetary Exploration; 160, Introduction to Stellar and Galactic Astrophysics; 161, Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology. Students planning study in astronomy beyond the B.S. are urged to take 260 and 262, Introductions to Astrophysics and Gravitation, and consider an undergraduate thesis (Astronomy 169) or honors thesis in an astrophysics related area. The above-mentioned courses are required for physics majors who choose the curriculum with concentration in astrophysics (see the "Physics" section of this bulletin). The student observatory, located in the hills to the west of the campus and equipped with a 24-inch and other small reflecting telescopes, is used for instruction of the observation oriented courses.

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