Astronomy is study of matter and radiation throughout all time and space.
Astronomers use the latest technological advancements to do this, making this field one of the most rapidly expanding of all physical sciences.
- Some of the topics you will study include: planets, the evolution of stars, black holes, the structure and evolution of galaxies, and dark matter and dark energy.
- You will get the opportunity to observe at Ōtehīwai — University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory — the best optical astronomical research centre in Aotearoa.
- We are the only university to teach Astronomy at all levels of study in Aotearoa.
For the major in the Bachelor of Science, complete the following courses:
- ASTR112 Astrophysics
- PHYS101 Engineering Physics A: Mechanics, Waves and Thermal Physics
- PHYS102 Engineering Physics B: Modern Physics and Electromagnetism (2)
- MATH102 Mathematics 1A
- MATH103 Mathematics 1B
COSC131 Introduction to Programming for Engineers is also recommended.
- PHYS285 Technical and Professional Skills for Physicists
- MATH201 Multivariable Calculus
- ASTR211 Observational Astronomy OR ASTR212 Dynamical Astronomy and the Solar System
- Three 200-level PHYS courses
MATH202 Differential Equations and MATH203 Linear Algebra are also recommended.
- ASTR381 Advanced Experiments in Physics and Astronomy
- PHYS310 Thermal, Statistical and Particle Physics
- ASTR323 Stellar Structure and Evolution OR ASTR325 The Structure and Evolution of Galaxies
- One 300-level PHYS course
If you intend to go onto postgraduate study, you will need to take another two ASTR or PHYS courses at 300-level, and another two MATH or STAT courses at 300-level.
It is recommended that you include PHYS326 Classical Mechanics and Symmetry Principles, or you can take PHYS456 in the first your of your postgraduate degree.
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport Coaching, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level ASTR OR PHYS courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level
If you are considering studying Astronomy and Astrophysics, you probably have a natural curiosity about how things work. An Astronomy degree could lead you towards being a part of the many exciting and unexpected discoveries we have yet to make about our universe.
Through your studies you will learn skills like computer modelling, data analysis, problem-solving, computer programming, and communication, which also opens up pathways beyond astronomy.
Career pathways could include:
- astronomer and other scientific fields (physicist, meteorologist, geophysicist)
- technical writer
- data analysis and information technology
- science communication, teaching, and media.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Astronomy.
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