Science in Astronomy

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Foreign:$ 25 k / Year(s) Deadline: Nov 15, 2024
351–400 place StudyQA ranking:1912 Duration:4 years

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Astronomy programs are offered through the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The astronomy curriculum offers undergraduates a survey of modern astronomy and an introduction to physical science, gives science and engineering students an introduction to astronomy and astrophysics, and prepares students majoring in astronomy for graduate study in astronomy or related fields.

The astronomy curriculum offers undergraduates a survey of modern astronomy and an introduction to physical science, gives science and engineering students an introduction to astronomy and astrophysics, and prepares students majoring in astronomy for graduate study in astronomy or related fields.

The physics curriculum includes course work for those who want a sound background in physics as part of their general education, for those who study physics as part of their training in other fields, and for those whose post-graduate plans include research or employment in physics or related fields.

Students considering a major in astronomy should confer early with a departmental representative about the selection of courses. The B.A. degree is appropriate for students who want a general education in astronomy as part of a broadly structured liberal education. The B.S. is a more specialized program with a substantial emphasis on physics content as well as astronomy. It provides preparation for a professional career or graduate work in astronomy, astrophysics, or related fields. A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation.

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS in Astronomy. 

Freshman
Fall Hours Spring Hours
Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Requried) 3 Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required) 3
Goal 2.2 Oral Communication 3 Goal 3 Humanities 3
CHEM 130 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy or Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement) 5 MATH 126 (Major Requirement) 4
MATH 125 (Major Requirement) 4 PHSX 211 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking, Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy, or Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement)5 4
PHSX 150 (Major Requirement)4 0.5 PHSX 216 (Major Requirement)5 1
  15.5   15
Sophomore
Fall Hours Spring Hours
EECS 138 or 168 (Major Requirement) 3-4 Goal 3 Social Science 3
MATH 127 (Pre-requisite for Major Requirement) 4 Goal 4.1 US Diversity 3
MATH 223 (Major Requirement) 3 MATH 320 (Major Requirement) 3
MATH 290 (Major Requirement) 2 ASTR 391 (Major Requirement)4 3
PHSX 212 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement)6 3 PHSX 313 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement) 3
PHSX 236 (Major Requirement)6 1 PHSX 316 (Major Requirement) 1
  16-17   16
Junior
Fall Hours Spring Hours
ASTR 591 (Major Requirement)2,4 3 Goal 4.2 Global Awareness 3
ASTR 596 (Major Requirement)2,4 2 ASTR 592 (Major Requirement)3,4 3
PHSX 521 (Major Requirement)4 3 PHSX 511 (Major Requirement)4 3
PHSX 516 or 536 (Major Requirement) 4 Elective (Total Hours) 3
PHSX Math Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)1 3 Elective (Total Hours) 3
  15   15
Senior
Fall Hours Spring Hours
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3 ASTR 503 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement) 3-4
ASTR 691 (Major Requirement)4 3 ASTR 692 (Major Requirement)4 3
PHSX 531 (Major Requirement)4 3 PHSX Elective 500+ (Major Requirement)1 3
PHSX 671 (Major Requirement)4 3 Elective (Total Hours) 3
Elective (Total Hours) 3 Elective (Total Hours) 1
  15   13-14
Total Hours: 120.5-122.5

Freshmen must:
 
1. Provide evidence of high school graduation with a curriculum that would prepare you for university studies in your home country

Credentials and Requirements by Country for Freshman Addition to the College of LIberal Arts and Sciences

2. Have a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;

3. Submit English proficiency test scores (used to estimate students' placement in appropriate level of ESL course, as needed. All international students are screened after arrival on campus and prior to enrollment by the KU Applied English Center).

The University of Kansas will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will use concordance tables to compare your scores and determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT. At this time, any SAT scores listed are based on the new SAT (after March 2016).  

In addition to transcripts or marksheets, you must present an official diploma or graduation certificate, official examination results, or other proof of graduation particular to your country.  We use equivalent admission criteria for applicants from all countries.  Meeting the minimum grade point average does not guarantee admission.

KU offers a few partial scholarships for qualified, new international freshmen and transfer students admitted for fall semester. To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete an online fall semester application by Jan. 15.

The Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) screens candidates for a limited number of admissions scholarships. Awards are only offered to degree-seeking undergraduates whose first KU semester is the fall semester. KU does not offer international student scholarships based on financial need. International undergraduate scholarships do not cover all expenses. Prior to issuance of the SEVIS document, students requesting F-1 or J-1 status must submit proof of financial support for the first year of study.

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