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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
office@phas.ucalgary.ca
Tel: (403) 220-5385

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

phasugrd@ucalgary.ca
Tel: (403) 220-8127

Astrophysics

The suggested course sequence for students registered in the astrophysics major, honours, and minor curriculum are shown in the table below. This is much like the physics program, except that some physics courses are substitutes for various astrophysics courses.

Students thinking of entering into astrophysics are strongly recommended to have taken Math30, Math 31 and Physics 30 in high school to avoid possible exclusion from certain courses.

Please be advised that ASPH 401, ASPH 409, ASPH 503 and ASPH 509 are offered alternate years. Students in astrophysics should take these coures the year they are taught or risk delaying their degree.  

Astrophysics Curriculum (suggested):

(a) Major Program

FIRST YEAR
Fall Winter
PHYS 227 (Classical Physics) PHYS 255 (Electromagnetic Theory I)
MATH 211 (Linear Algebra)
OR MATH 213 (Honours Linear Algebra)
CPSC 217 (Intro to Computer Science)
MATH 275 (Calculus for Engineers and Scientists) MATH 277 (Multivariable Calculus for Engineers and Scientists)
CHEM 201 (General Chemistry)
OR CHEM 209 (General Chemisty)
OR CHEM 211(General Chemistry)
ASPH 213 (Intro to Astrophysics)
Non-science option Non-science option
SECOND YEAR
ASPH 307 (Intro to Oberservational Astrophysics) PHYS 325 (Modern Physics)
PHYS 341 (Classical Mechanics I) PHYS 343 (Classical Mechanics II)
MATH 311 (Linear Methods II)
OR MATH313 (Honours Linear Algebra II)
PHYS 381 (Computational Physics I)
MATH 375 (Differential Equations for Engineers and Scientists) MATH 377 (Vector Calculus for Engineers and Scientists)
PHYS 375 (Intro to Optics and Waves) Non-science option
THIRD YEAR
ASPH 401 (Galactic Astrophysics)1
OR ASPH 503 (The Interstellar Medium)
ASPH 403 (Stellar Structure & Evolution)1
PHYS 449 (Statistical Mechanics I) PHYS 443 (Quantum Mechanics I)
PHYS 455 (Electromagnetic Theory II) ASPH 409 (Planetary Astrophysics)
OR ASPH 509 (High Energy Astro and Cosmology)
AMAT 433 (Mathematical Methods in Physics) Option
Non-science option Non-science option
FOURTH YEAR
ASPH 503 (The Interstellar Medium)2
OR ASPH 401 (Galactic Astrophysics)
ASPH 509 (High Energy Astro & Cosmology)2
OR ASPH 409 (Planetary Astrophysics)
400- or 500-level Physics option 400- or 500- level Physics option
Science option Science option
Option Option
Non-science option Non-science option

(b) Honours Program

FIRST and SECOND YEARS

Same as for the Astrophysics Major Program

THIRD YEAR
ASPH 401 (Galactic Astrophysics)1
OR ASPH 503 (Interstellar Medium)
ASPH 403 (Stellar Structure & Evolution)1
PHYS 449 (Statistical Mechanics I) PHYS 451 (Statistical Mechanics II)
PHYS 455 (Electromagnetic Theory II) PHYS 457 (Electromagnetic Theory III)
AMAT 433 (Mathematical Methods in Physics)      PHYS 443 (Quantum Mechanics I)
Non-science option ASPH 409 (Planetary Astrophysics)
OR ASPH 509 (High Energy Astro and Cosmology)
FOURTH YEAR
ASPH 503 (The Interstellar Medium)
OR ASPH 401 (Galactic Astrophysics)
PHYS 599 (Research in Physics)
PHYS 543 (Quantum Mechanics II) ASPH 409 (Planetary Astrophysics)
OR ASPH 509 (High Energy Astro and Cosmology)
Option PHYS 501 (Relativity)
Science option Non-science option
Non-science option Non-science option

(c) Minor in Astrophysics

0.5 FCE - ASPH 213
2.5 FCE - Courses labelled Astrophysics
2.0 FCE - PHYS 227*, 255*, 325, 341*
0.5 FCE - MATH 211 or 213
1.5 FCE - MATH 275, 277, 375
0.5 FCE - CPSC 217
*The sequence PHYS 211 or 221, 223, 321 and 323 may be substituted for the sequence PHYS 227, 255 and 341.

1The semesters that ASPH 401 and ASPH 403 are offered change year to year, students can take these courses in whichever semester they are offered.

2Students must take one of ASPH 503 or ASPH 509. They cannot both be substituted by a 400- or 500-level physics option, and a minimum of two 400- or 500-level physics options must be taken.

Note: Many of the physics courses also have short laboratories associated with them.

For full program details, see the U of Calgary Calendar