AUT - Astronomy major - Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science

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Astronomy major - Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science

Evolve your fascination for space into a career involving astrophysics and radio astronomy. High performance computing and broadband networking have become increasingly central to modern astronomy and space science.

The Astronomy major in the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science has an applied nature with a strong grounding in computing and mathematics. You will be introduced to the basics before learning the latest developments in astronomy and space science, spherical astronomy, celestial mechanics, theoretical astrophysics and mathematical physics.

AUT’s Warkworth Observatory, which is linked to New Zealand’s most powerful super computers, has two large professional radio telescopes in New Zealand – the only radio telescopes in the country. It enables AUT University’s Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR) to receive and process enormous amounts of data from deep space, that is used for cutting edge research in astrophysics and earth science. You will have the opportunity to work with IRASR during your study.

Structure

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year you will study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.

Year 1

CORE PAPER
SELECT one:
Level 5:
145612 Applied Communication (15 points)
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication (15 points)

SELECT five:
715184 Applied Statistics (15 points)
715186 Differential and Integral Calculus (15 points)
715187 Computer Organisation (15 points)*
715189 Algebra and Discrete Mathematics (15 points)
715202 Physics I (15 points)
715204 Introductory Astronomy (15 points)
715700 Probability Theory and Applications (15 points)*
735318 Programming for Engineering Applications (15 points)
735320 Object Oriented Applications (15 points)
MATH500 Mathematical Concepts (15 points)

With a further two papers (30 points) from the Additional Papers list below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Year 2

CORE PAPERS
Level 6:
716201 Computational Spherical Astronomy (15 points)
716202 Physics II (15 points)
716210 Astrophysics (15 points)

With a further five papers (75 points) from the Additional Papers list below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Year 3
You will have the opportunity to complete a research project** in a specialist area of astronomy, under the supervision of a member of staff. This 30-credit paper will allow you to explore in depth a research topic or area, design scientific and/or computational experiments, and submit a project report detailing your findings. All the astronomy resources of AUT will be made available to project students. It may also be possible for project students to use internationally available astronomy resources, subject to agreement.

This Research Project paper counts as two papers and can be achieved either over one semester or the whole year.

CORE PAPERS
Level 7:
717210 Practical Astrophysics (15 points)
717220 Radio Astronomy (15 points)
717230 Frontiers of Astronomy (15 points)
717900 Research Project (30 points)

With a further three papers (45 points) from the Additional Papers list below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Additional papers (subject to availability and sufficient student numbers):

Level 5:
405701 Programming 1 (15 points)
405704 Programming 2 (15 points)
405706 Computer Networking (15 points)
405708 Introduction to Programming (15 points)

Level 6:
406704 Program Design and Construction (15 points)
716282 Quality Assurance (15 points)
716288 Computer Graphics (15 points)

Level 7:
407702 Applied Human Computer Interaction (15 points)
407707 Software Engineering (15 points)
717001 Special Topic A (15 points)
717002 Special Topic B (15 points)
717286 Highly Secure Systems (15 points)
717310 Game Programming (15 points)

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.


Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.


*Papers are not open for enrolment in 2014

**This paper is compulsory in the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences but not in the Bachelor of Science. You may substitute this with approved alternative Level 7 papers

Career opportunities

  • Astronomer
  • Industrial mathematician
  • Observatory technician or research officer
  • Planetarium lecturer
  • Programmer or systems developer
  • Scientific programmer
  • Secondary teacher (following an additional year of teacher training)
  • Technical software developer

Last updated: 14-Feb-2014 4.57pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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