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Bachelor of Arts in in Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTPHYSBA)Department of Astronomy

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy and Astrophysics is for a student who enjoys astronomy; likes to be challenged; enjoys solving puzzles; wants to pursue other interests and talents outside of astronomy; desires flexibility and choice in major requirements; has strong analytical skills and wants to develop them further; and wants to keep options open for a variety of career fields. It is designed for students who are interested in astronomy as the subject of a liberal arts education, or as a background in the physical sciences for a wide range of career possibilities such as teaching, journalism, law or government or public policy, medicine, science writing and science in the media, visualization, and business.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 42 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Mathematics Core.
    1. Calculus I. One (1) course:
    2. Calculus II. One (1) course:
  2. Physics Core.
    1. Physics I. One (1) course:
    2. Physics II. One (1) course:
    3. Physics III. One (1) course:
  3. Astronomy Core.
    1. General Astronomy I. One (1) course:
    2. General Astronomy II. One (1) course:
    3. Modern Observational Techniques. One (1) course:
  4. Advanced Astronomy. Two (2) courses:
  5. Advanced Electives. At least five (5) additional credit hours:
    • Additional Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Probability/Statistics
    • Scientific Computing or Programming
      • CSCI-A 321 Computing Tools for Scientific Research
    • Data Mining
    • Visualization
    • Artificial Intelligence or Autonomous Robotics
      • CSCI-B 351 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    • Science Writing
    • Additional Mathematics or Physics
    • Course(s) approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies
  6. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. College Breadth. At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also succesfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.