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University of Calgary Calendar 2019-2020 Faculty of Science 4. Program Details 4.7 Physics and Astronomy 4.7.2 Programs in Astrophysics
4.7.2 Programs in Astrophysics
Courses constituting the field of Astrophysics

Required Courses - Major Program

See also Section 3 (Faculty Regulations), Subsections 3.4A (Program Requirements - Major Programs) and 3.5B (Course Selection - Introductory Courses).

3 units - Astrophysics 305

6 units - Physics 227 and 229

3 units - Mathematics 211 or 213

3 units - Mathematics 2651 or 275 or 249

3 units - Mathematics Mathematics 2671 or 277

3 units - Chemistry 201 or 211 or 209

3 units - Computer Science 217 or Data Science 211

9 units - Astrophysics 307, 401, 403

24 units - Physics 341, 343, 355, 375, 381, 443, 449 and 455

6 units - Two of Physics 481, Astrophysics 503 or Astrophysics 509

9 units - 400- or 500-level Physics option

3 units - Mathematics 311 or 313

6 units – Mathematics 3671 and 3761; or Mathematics 375 and 377

3 units – Physics 435 or Mathematics 433

3 units - Science options

18 units - Breadth Requirement: Options from faculties other than the Faculty of Science (check Table I in 3.4 Program Requirements for ineligible courses). Of these 18 units, at least 6 units must be from the Faculty of Arts. Science 311 may be counted among the 18 units from other faculties.

15 units - Options

1The recommended sequence for Mathematics courses in Physics and Astronomy is Mathematics 265, 267, 376, and 367.

Notes:

  • Students can a) have obtained an "A-" or better in Physics 211/221 or b) have completed both Physics 211/221 and 321 in order to satisfy their program requirement of Physics 227. Students who have completed either of these options must visit the Undergraduate Science Centre (EEEL 445) to have this substitution applied to their student record.
Required Courses - Honours Program

3 units - Astrophysics 305

6 units - Physics 227 and 229

3 units - Mathematics 211 or 213

3 units - Mathematics 2651 or 275 or 249

3 units - Mathematics 2671 or 277

3 units - Chemistry 201 or 211 or 209

3 units - Computer Science 217 or Data Science 211

9 units - Astrophysics 307, 401, 403

24 units - Physics 341, 343, 355, 375, 381, 443, 449 and 455

9 units - Physics 481, Astrophysics 503 and 509

3 units - Mathematics 311 or 313

6 units – Mathematics 3671 and 3761; or Mathematics 375 and 377

3 units – Physics 435 or Mathematics 433

15 units - Physics 451, 457, 501, 543 and 599.

18 units - Breadth Requirement: Options from faculties other than the Faculty of Science (check Table I in 3.4 Program Requirements for ineligible courses). Of these 18 units, at least 6 units must be from the Faculty of Arts. Science 311 may be counted among the 18 units from other faculties.

9 units - Options

1The recommended sequence for Mathematics courses in Physics and Astronomy is Mathematics 265, 267, 376, and 367.

Notes:

  • Students can a) have obtained an "A-" or better in Physics 211/221 or b) have completed both Physics 211/221 and 321 in order to satisfy their program requirement of Physics 227. Students who have completed either of these options must visit the Undergraduate Science Centre (EEEL 445) to have this substitution applied to their student record.
Suggested Program Sequence

(a) Major Program

First Year

 

Physics 227

Physics 229

Mathematics 211 or 213

Computer Science 217 or Data Science 211

Mathematics 265

Mathematics 267

Chemistry 201 or 211 or 209

Non-science option

Non-science option

Non-science option

Second Year

 

Astrophysics 305

Physics 355

Physics 341

Physics 343

Mathematics 311 or 313

Physics 381

Mathematics 376

Mathematics 367

Physics 375

Astrophysics 307

Third Year

 

Astrophysics 401

Astrophysics 403

Physics 449

Physics 443

Physics 455

Astrophysics 503 or 509 (whichever is offered)

Physics 435

Option

Non-science option

Option

Fourth Year

 

Physics 481

400- or 500-level Physics option

400- or 500-level Physics option

400- or 500-level Physics option

Non-Science option

Option

Option

Option

Science option

Non-science option

(b) Honours Program

First and Second Years

Same as for the Astrophysics Major program

 

Third Year

 

Astrophysics 401

Astrophysics 403

Physics 449

Physics 451

Physics 455

Physics 457

Physics 435

Physics 443

Non-science option

Astrophysics 503 or 509 (whichever is offered)

Fourth Year

 

Physics 481

Astrophysics 509 or 409 (whichever is offered)

Option

Physics 501

Physics 543

Physics 599

Option

Option

Non-science option

Non-science option

Note: Honours students can elect to do Physics 598 instead of 599 and an option.

Minor in Astrophysics 3 units - Astrophysics 305

15 units - Physics 2271, 2291, 3411, 355, 381

6 units - Astrophysics 401 and 403

6 units - Courses from the Field of Astrophysics (in addition to those specifically required above)

Note: The preceding courses require prerequisites in Mathematics and Computer Science; see the course descriptions for more details.

1The sequence Physics 211 or 221, 223, 321 and 323 may be substituted for the sequence Physics 227, 229, 341 and 355.