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Courses

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New curriculum (Fall 2019 onwards)

 

See https://www.astro.ucsc.edu/academics/graduates/graduate-handbook/c-phd-requirements.html (graduate handbook section III).

 

 

Previous curriculum

 

The degree requirements include completion of eleven one-quarter courses in astronomy and physics. The core courses repeat on a two-year cycle, so all first and second years will overlap in certain classes. 

 

Astronomy courses are all pass-fail. Extra-departmental courses should be taken for pass-fail credit. Both can include midterms and finals.

 

Ten credits must be taken every quarter. In the potentially inevitable case in which students take only one core course during a quarter, a "filler" independent study course with your advisor to fulfill the ten credit requirement is available through David Sugg.

 

First and second years are also expected to enroll in Astronomy 292 to preserve the colloquium room reservation.

 

Seven core courses

  • Astronomy 202 - Radiative Processes (Brant Robertson Winter 2018) 
  • Astronomy 204 - Astrophysical Flows (Donald Korycansky Fall 2017)
  • Astronomy 205 - Introduction to Astronomical Research and Teaching (Graeme Smith Fall 2016)
  • Astronomy 212 - Dynamical Astronomy (Ruth Murray-Clay Winter 2017)
  • Astronomy 220A - Stellar Structure and Evolution (Jonathan Fortney Fall 2016)
  • Astronomy 230 - Diffuse Matter in Space (Piero Madau Spring 2018)
  • Astronomy 233 - Physical Cosmology (Piero Madau Spring 2017)

 

Four Elective courses 

  • From this list here
  • There exists a Statistics concentration for our Program, requiring the successful completion of the three graduate level Applied Math and Statistics 206, 212A, and 214 courses.
  • Students interested in an unlisted course may provide the syllabus for the course to the professor in charge of curriculum (Brant Robertson 2017).  

 

How Seriously Should You Take the Courses

People have different feelings about the courses: some put limited effort in and others emphasize classes potentially too much. The pass-fail nature of our curriculum leaves little incentive to learn the material when your goal as a graduate student in our department is to do research. It is generally useful to know the material in these courses, but you will only learn as much as the effort your are willing to put in. 

 

 

 

 

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