A concentration in astronomy shall consist of a minimum of eighteen hours of coursework, which must include the two core courses of PHYS206 (Planetary Astronomy) and PHYS311 (Stellar Astronomy). Physics 129 and 130, or, preferably, Honors Astronomy can be used as core courses with department approval. The elective courses can be chosen from HIST251 (The Cosmos in History to 1800), GEOL206 (Planetary Geology), PHYS205 (Intelligent Life in the Universe), 298 (Special Topics), 301 (Classical Mechanics), 306 (Physical Optics), 390 (Research), 399 (Tutorial), 412 (Special Topics), 413 (Astrophysics), 420 (Senior Research), and 499 (BachelorUs Essay). Topics in PHYS298, 390, 399, 412, 420 and 499 must involve astronomy and must be approved by the astronomy concentration program director. Students must notify the astronomy concentration program director prior to graduation to receive credit for the concentration on their transcript. The College requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in the courses which comprise the concentration. The College also requires that at least nine hours in the concentration at the 200 level or above must be earned in residence at the College of Charleston.
With the addition in the past three years of several new astronomers, the College of Charleston has the strongest and broadest astronomy undergraduate department in the state.
While the theme of Astronomy is often considered by those outside the field as narrow, it is in fact quite broad, covering biology (especially with life in the Universe), geology (especially in planetary surfaces), meteorology (especially in planetary atmospheres), chemistry (in the formation of the solar system and in interstellar gases), physics (in most of the courses), history (especially in archeo-astronomy) and philosophy and religion (especially in cosmology and the beginning of time). Students concentrating in astronomy will be exposed to a wide variety of disciplines, which blends in well with the liberal education philosophy of the College of Charleston.
To have your transcript note credit for the astronomy concentration, or if you have any questions about the astronomy concentration, please see Prof. Lee Lindner, 143 Science Center (953-8288).