Recommended Curriculum for Astronomy & Astrophysics Majors and Minors
Students who began their degree under quarters will not be penalized as the university moves to a semester schedule, either in terms of progress towards their degree or their expected date of graduation. Ohio State's commitment to this policy is stated explicitly in the Semester Conversion Pledge to Students.
The first term on the new semester system was Summer 2012. Students scheduled to graduate after this date are strongly encouraged to prepare well in advance to minimize potential complications. Effective Autumn 2011 the name of the major and minor programs changed from Astronomy to Astronomy and Astrophysics. Below is a summary of how the astronomy and astrophysics major has changed and guidelines on how to plan your coursework to insure a smooth transition.
No special transition plan is necessary for the major or minor courses in Astronomy and Astrophysics: nearly all of these courses translate directly from 5-hour quarter courses to 3-hour semester courses. The only exception is Astron 295, a 1-hour quarter seminar that students must take twice on the quarter system. This will be replaced with a 1-hour semester seminar, Astron 2895, which students will take only once. As of Autumn 2012, any student who has completed either one quarter of Astron 295 or one semester of Astron 2895 will be deemed to have met the seminar requirement.
Transition policies for the required or prerequisite physics and math courses have been established by the Departments of Physics and Mathematics, respectively. Students can minimize their own transition difficulties by making sure that they do the following:
First-year students in 2011-2012 should refer to the 1 year quarters plus 3 years semesters transition plan. Students should make certain that they have completed Math 153 and Physics 133 by the end of Spring 2012
Second-year students in 2011-2012 should refer to the 2 years quarters plus 2 years semesters transition plan. Students should make certain that they have completed Math 254, 415, 513, and 568 and Physics 263 by the end of Spring 2012
Third-year students in 2011-2012 should refer to the 3 years quarters plus 1 year semesters transition plan. Students should make certain that they have completed Physics 632 and 656 by the end of Spring 2012. Double majors with physics should complete Physics 633 and 657.
Astronomy and Astrophysics Major Curriculum Under Semesters
The Astronomy Department has adopted the following curriculum for the Astronomy and Astrophysics Major under semesters:
Semester Course Sem
Quarter Equivalent Qtr
Math 1151 Calculus I 5 Math 151-153 (with Math 1152) 5 Math 1152 Calculus II1 5 Math 151-153 (with Math 1151) 5 Math 2153 Calculus III1 3 Math 254 5 Physics 1250/1250H Mechanics, Thermal Physics, and Waves 5 Physics 131-133 (with Physics 1250) 5 Physics 1251/1251H E&M, Optics, and Modern Physics 5 Physics 131-133 (with Physics 1251) 5
Semester Course Sem Hrs Quarter Equivalent Qtr Hrs Astron 2895 Seminar 1 Astron 295 1 + 1 Astron 2291 Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy 3 Astron 291 5 Astron 2292 Stellar, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 Astron 292 5 Astron 3350 Methods of Astronomical Observation and Data Analysis 3 Astron 350 5 Astron 5681 Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis2 3 Astron 681 5 Astron 5682 Introduction to Cosmology2 3 Astron 682 5 CSE 1222 Intro to C++ 2 CSE 202 4 Math 2568 Linear Algebra3,4 3 Math 568 4 Math 2415 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations3,4 3 Math 415 3 Physics 2300 Dynamics of Particles and Waves I 4 Physics 261-263 (with Physics 2301) 4 ea Physics 2301 Dynamics of Particles and Waves II 4 Physics 261-263 (with Physics 2300) 4 ea Physics 3700 Methods in Experimental Physics 3 Physics 416 4 Physics 5400 Electricity & Magnetism I 4 Physics 555, 656, 657 (with Physics 5401) 4 ea Physics 5401 Electricity & Magnetism II5 4 Physics 555, 656, 657 (with Physics 5400) 4 ea Physics 5500 Quantum Mechanics I 4 Physics 631-633 (with Physics 5501) 4 ea Physics 5501 Quantum Mechanics II5 4 Physics 631-633 (with Physics 5500) 4 ea Physics 5600 Statistical Physics 4 Physics 621 and part of 622 4
- An acceptable substitute math sequence is Math 1151 - 1172 - 2173 - 2568 - 2415. More advanced students may also substitute Math 1161 - 2162 in place of Math 1151 - 1152 - 1153 or Math 1151 - 1172 - 2173. Math 1151 - 1152 - 2153 - 2174 and Math 1151 - 1172 - 2173 - 2174 also meet the minimum requirements, but are not recommended for students who plan to go to graduate school in astronomy or physics.
- Only one of Astron 5681 and 5682 will be required
- Math 4551 Vector Analysis is also recommended for students who plan to go to graduate school.
- Math 2255 Differential Equations and Their Applications is an acceptable substitute for Math 2415
- Only one of Physics 5401 and 5501 will be required.
Astronomy and Astrophysics Minor Curriculum Under Semesters
Semester Course Sem
Quarter Equivalent Qtr Hrs Astron 2291 Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy 3 Astron 291 5 Astron 2292 Stellar, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 Astron 292 5 Astron 3350 Methods of Astronomical Observation and Data Analysis 3 Astron 350 5 Astron 5681 Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis1 3 Astron 681 5 Astron 5682 Introduction to Cosmology1 3 Astron 682 5 Physics 2300 Dynamics of Particles and Waves I1 4 Physics 261
- Only one of Astron 5681, Astron 5682, or Phys 2300 will be required.
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