High performance computing and broadband networking have become increasingly central to modern astronomy and space science. AUT University’s Astronomy major has an applied nature and orientation with a strong grounding in computing as well as mathematics.
Students are introduced to the basics and the latest developments in astronomy and space science, spherical astronomy, celestial mechanics, theoretical astrophysics and mathematical physics, as well as the specialisations of AUT’s Institute for Radiophysics and Space Research, which include radio astronomy and space geodesy. This major builds on papers in physics, computing and applied mathematics.
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 papers - 120 points in total
AND SEVEN (105 points) FROM:
715184 Applied Statistics (15)
715186 Differential and Integral Calculus (15)
715187 Computer Organisation (15)
715189 Algebra and Discrete Mathematics (15)
715202 Physics I (15)
715204 Introductory Astronomy (15)
715205 Finite Mathematics (15)
715700 Probability Theory and Applications (15)
735318 Programming for Engineering Applications (15)
735320 Object Oriented Applications (15)
Year 2 papers - 120 points in total
Students will take Spherical Astronomy, Physics and Astrophysics and other papers in applied mathematics and computing.
716186 Multivariate Calculus (15)
716201 Computational Spherical Astronomy (15)
716202 Physics II (15)
716210 Astrophysics (15)
With a further four papers (60 points) from other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences papers.
Year 3 papers - 120 points in total
In the third year students will take Frontiers of Astronomy, Practical Astrophysics, Radio Astronomy and undertake a research project in computational astrophysics.
With a further three papers (45 points) from Astronomy electives and other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences papers.