Astronomy and Astrophysics

Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects. Astronomers explore and strive to understand the universe beyond the earth.

The introductory level astronomy courses provide a non-technical overview of the scientific approach to questions and our current understanding. At the more advanced level a quantitative physical understanding of astrophysical systems is developed.

 

Admission Information

  • Apply to the Physical & Mathematical Science admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English and Calculus and Vectors are required
  • Senior high school Physics is required preparation for first-year courses
  • A background in chemistry is strongly recommended, but not required
  • Computer programming knowledge is also important
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits

 

Honours Bachelor of Science Programs

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics (major and minor options)
  • Astronomy and Physics (specialist)
  • Planetary Science (specialist)

 

First-Year Courses

  • AST 101H1 - The Sun and Its Neighbours
  • AST 121H1 - Origin and Evolution of the Universe

 

Advice for First Year

The required first-year courses for the astronomy and physics specialist program are MAT 137Y1 – Calculus!, either of two algebra courses (MAT 223H1 or MAT 240H1) and PHY 151H1 and PHY 152H1 – Foundations of Physics (two halfcourses). For the astronomy and astrophysics program, students must take either of two calculus courses (MAT 135Y1 – Calculus I or MAT 137Y1), and either sets of the two physics half- courses PHY 131H1 and PHY 132H1 - Introduction to Physics, or PHY 151H1 or PHY 152H1.

 

Careers

An undergraduate degree in astronomy and astrophysics may prepare you for a career in teaching or for work in a planetarium or science museum.

If you want to become a professional astronomer, you should take post-graduate studies.

Some of our graduates have chosen careers in other disciplines such as computer science, biophysics, geophysics, atmospheric physics, aerospace studies and remote sensing.

 

 

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