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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Astronomy 4-Year Sequence

Page address: http://cset.mnsu.edu/pa/ugrad/ast-4yearplan.html

Four-Year Semester Sequences for the BS in Astronomy

4-Year 'Even' Sequence for the BS in Astronomy

Year 1 or 3 is 2008-09, 2010-11, etc.

Note: Some astronomy courses are offered in alternate years.

Year 1


Fall #1
  • MATH 121(4) Calculus I
  • General Education (11)
  • Elective (1)
Spring #1
  • MATH 122(4) Calculus II
  • PHYS 221(4) General Physics I
  • AST 201(2) Spherical Astronomy
  • General Education (5)
  • Elective (1)

Year 2


Fall #2
  • MATH 223(4) Calculus III
  • PHYS 222(3) General Physics II
  • PHYS 232(1) General Physics II Lab
  • AST 215(4) Astronomy & Astrophysics I
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (1)
Spring #2
  • MATH 321(4) Ordinary Differential Equations
  • PHYS 223(3) General Physics III
  • PHYS 233(1) General Physics III Lab
  • PHYS 335(3) Modern Physics I
  • AST 225(4) Astronomy & Astrophysics II
  • Elective (1)

Year 3


Fall #3
  • PHYS 441(4) Mechanics
  • PHYS 447(3) Electricity & Magnetism I
  • AST 353(2) Photometry I
  • AST 420(3) Stellar Astrophysics
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (1)
Spring #3
  • PHYS 448(3) Electricity & Magnetism II
  • AST 354(2) Photometry II
  • AST 421(3) Stellar Structure
  • General Education (7)
  • Elective (1)

Year 4


Fall #4
  • PHYS 461(4) Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 465(3) Computer Applications in Physics
  • AST 357(2) Spectroscopy
  • AST 430(3) Galactic Structure
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (1)
Spring #4
  • AST 355(2) Astrometry
  • AST 431(3) Extragalactic Astronomy
  • General Education (4)
  • Electives (7)

Four-Year Totals:

  • Required General Education — 8 credits
  • Other General Education — 36 credits
  • Major & Support Courses — 70 credits
  • Electives — 14 credits
  • Total — 128 credits


4-Year 'Odd' Sequence for the BS in Astronomy

Year 1 or 3 is 2009-10, 2011-12, etc.

(Note: Some astronomy courses are offered in alternate years.)

Year 1


Fall #1
  • MATH 121(4) Calculus I
  • General Education (11)
  • Elective (1)
Spring #1
  • MATH 122(4) Calculus II
  • PHYS 221(4) General Physics I
  • AST 201(2) Spherical Astronomy
  • General Education (5)
  • Elective (1)

Year 2


Fall #2
  • MATH 223(4) Calculus III
  • PHYS 222(3) General Physics II
  • PHYS 232(1) General Physics II Lab
  • AST 215(4) Astronomy & Astrophysics I
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (1)
Spring #2
  • MATH 321(4) Ordinary Differential Equations
  • PHYS 223(3) General Physics III
  • PHYS 233(1) General Physics III Lab
  • PHYS 335(3) Modern Physics I
  • AST 225(4) Astronomy & Astrophysics II
  • Elective (1)

Year 3


Fall #3
  • PHYS 441(4) Mechanics
  • PHYS 447(3) Electricity & Magnetism I
  • AST 357(2) Spectroscopy
  • AST 430(3) Galactic Structure
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (1)
Spring #3
  • PHYS 448(3) Electricity & Magnetism II
  • AST 355(2) Astrometry
  • AST 431(3) Extragalactic Astronomy
  • General Education (7)
  • Elective (1)

Year 4


Fall #4
  • PHYS 461(4) Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 465(3) Computer Applications in Physics
  • AST 353(2) Photometry I
  • AST 420(3) Stellar Astrophysics
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (1)
Spring #4
  • AST 354(2) Photometry II
  • AST 421(3) Stellar Structure
  • General Education (4)
  • Electives (7)

Four-Year Totals:

  • Required General Education — 8 credits
  • Other General Education — 36 credits
  • Major & Support Courses — 70 credits
  • Electives — 14 credits
  • Total — 128 credits


Requirements for the BS in Astronomy