# Course Information

### UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

Instruction in astronomy for undergraduates at UCSC is designed to meet the needs of several groups of students.

Courses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 provide a general survey of the universe as now understood from historical and modern observations, and are offered for those not specializing in a scientific discipline. Course 1 is a non-mathematical introduction to the Universe. Course 1, and Course 6 on exploring our Solar System in the space age, satisfy the Scientific Inquiry (SI) gen ed. Courses 2-5, 7 provide an introduction, with the use of basic mathematics, to a diverse array of modern astronomy, covering planets, stars, the formation of the Universe, and black holes, and satisfy the Mathematical and Formal Reasons (MF) gen ed. Course 8 explores the universe with astronomical data and satisfies the Statistical Reasoning (SR) gen ed.

Course 9 provides an introduction to research in astrophysics and physics by pairing undergraduates with graduate student mentors over Winter and Spring quarters to complete projects in small collaborative groups with scientists; this course satisfied the Collaborative Endeavor (PR-E) gen ed.

Courses 12, 13, 15, 16, and 18, emphasize basic physical laws and theories as applied to astronomy. Taken together, these classes provide a survey of modern astronomy for students with some facility in mathematics. Taken separately, these courses provide an in-depth introduction to particular fields within astronomy. These courses are designed for students intending to major in a scientific subject, although qualified non-science majors may enroll. A good high school background in mathematics and physics is required. These courses satisfy the MF gen ed.

Prior or concurrent enrollment in a basic calculus course (Mathematics 11A or 19A) and a basic physics course (Physics 5A/L or 6A/L) is helpful but not required.

Finally, a more thorough quantitative treatment of selected topics in astronomy and astrophysics at the upper-division level is provided by courses 111, 112, 113, 117, and 118. Completion of coursework in calculus of several variables (Mathematics 22 or 23A-B) and Physics 5B/M or 6B/M and 5D is required for these advanced courses. Course 119 is an introduction to modern scientific computing with a focus on astrophysics problems.

### ASTROPHYSICS MINOR

For undergraduate students having a particular interest in the subject, a minor in astronomy and astrophysics is offered. Most students who minor in astronomy and astrophysics are majors in another science, though majors in other fields are also possible.

### ASTROPHYSICS MAJOR

The UCSC major in astrophysics is administered by the Physics Department and combines a core physics major with advanced electives in astrophysics, an astrophysics laboratory course, and senior thesis work on a topic in astrophysics. It is a rigorous program designed to prepare students for a broad range of technical careers or for entry into graduate or professional programs. A full description of the major can be found in the physics section of this catalog.

### GRADUATE COURSES

Graduate instruction is built upon a two-year cycle of 11 one-quarter courses in astronomy and physics that are required of all students.