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Rensselaer Catalog 2013-2014 
Rensselaer Catalog 2013-2014 [Archived Catalog]

Astronomy M.S.

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Completion of the M.S. in astronomy requires 30 credits of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree, including a minimum of 21 credits in course work.  At least 15 credits must be at the 6000 level or above.  The cumulative GPA for all courses applied towards a master’s degree must be 3.0 or higher.

Course work should meet the needs of the individual student, but must include:

  • (1) One course from: PHYS 6410 (Electrodynamics), PHYS 6510 (Quantum Mechanics), PHYS 6520 (Quantum Mechanics II), PHYS 6590 (Statistical Physics)
  • (2) Two courses from: ASTR 4120 (Observational Astronomy), ASTR 4220 (Astrophysics), ASTR 4240 (Gravitation and Cosmology), ASTR 4510 (Origins of Life: A Cosmic Perspective), ASTR 6250 (Interstellar Medium), ASTR 6960 (Special Topics in Astronomy and Astrophysics)
  • (3) Three semesters of ASTR 6900 (Astrophysics Seminar)
  • (4) A six- to nine-credit formally presented thesis or multiple-semester project in astronomy or astrophysics

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