Astronomy major - Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science
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After building a base of knowledge in astronomy and physics, you explore 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 – the only radio telescopes in the country. It enables AUT’s Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR) to receive and process enormous amounts of data from deep space, used for cutting-edge research in astrophysics and earth science. You have the opportunity to work with IRASR during your study.
- Access to AUT’s hi-tech astronomy facilities and equipment, including NZ’s only radio astronomy telescopes
- Opportunity to complete a major research project in your final year
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.
145612 Applied Communication (15 points)
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication (15 points)
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)
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).
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).
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.
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).
**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
405701 Programming 1 (15 points)
405704 Programming 2 (15 points)
405706 Computer Networking (15 points)
405708 Introduction to Programming (15 points)
406704 Program Design and Construction (15 points)
716282 Quality Assurance (15 points)
716288 Computer Graphics (15 points)
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)
- 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: 28-Jul-2015 4.37pm
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