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New Mexico State University

2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog


MINOR: Astronomy

The department offers a minor created for majors in a variety of scientific fields, and two minor emphases specifically designed to address the needs and interests of students from the Colleges of Education and Engineering. Any undergraduate, however, may pursue any of the three minor tracks.

Requirements (19 credits)

The requirements for the regular minor comprise 19 credits, distributed as follows

Four credits from the following

ASTR 105GThe Planets

4(3+2P)

ASTR 110GIntroduction to Astronomy

4(3+2P)

Six credits from the following

ASTR 301VRevolutionary Ideas in Science

3

ASTR 305VThe Search for Life in the Universe

3

ASTR 308VInto the Final Frontier

3

ASTR 330VPlanetary Exploration

3

Note: Three credits of ASTR 400 (Undergraduate Research) may replace one of these courses.

Six or nine credits from the following

ASTR 401Topics in Modern Astrophysics

3

ASTR 402Introduction to Astronomical Observations and Techniques

3

ASTR 406Astronomy and Astrophysics II

3

ASTR 435Observational Techniques I

3

Note: ASTR 401 and ASTR 402 are the preferred classes but are generally offered only in alternate years. Three credits of ASTR 400 (Undergraduate Research) may replace one of these courses, but not the same three if used above. ASTR 406 and ASTR 435 are cross-listed with graduate classes and require special permission.

Three or nine credits (total of 9 between this and previous category) from the following

A E 424Aerospace Systems Engineering

3

BIOL 451Physiology of Microorganisms

3

BIOL 467Evolution

3

BIOL 473Ecology of Microorganisms

3(2+3P)

C S 475Artificial Intelligence I

3

C S 482Database Management Systems I

3

C S 483Introduction to Robotics

3

C S 491Parallel Programming

3

CHEM 360General Geochemistry

3

CHEM 431Physical Chemistry

3

CHEM 433Physical Chemistry I

3

E E 454Antennas and Radiation

3

E E 460Space System Mission Design and Analysis

3

E E 473Introduction to Optics

3

E E 478Fundamentals of Photonics

4(3+3P)

GEOL 465Isotope Geochemistry

3

GEOL 476Marine Paleoecology

3(2+3P)

MATH 471Complex Variables

3

MATH 472Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems

3

PHYS 451Intermediate Mechanics I

3

PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I

3

PHYS 480Thermodynamics

3

STAT 371Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I

3

STAT 470Probability: Theory and Applications

3

STAT 480Statistics: Theory and Applications

3

Note: Alternative 400-level courses in the physical sciences, engineering, or related fields, including one-time seminars, may be proposed on a case-by-case basis to fulfill this requirement, drawn from the fields of astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, geophysics, mathematics, physics, statistics, or from engineering. Proposals should include a clear justification that connects the course materials to a particular topic in astronomy or astrophysics.

EMPHASIS: Education (18-20 credits)

The 3 requirements for the education track minor comprise 18-20 credits, distributed as follows.

Eight credits from the following

ASTR 105GThe Planets

4(3+2P)

ASTR 110GIntroduction to Astronomy

4(3+2P)

Six credits from the following

ASTR 301VRevolutionary Ideas in Science

3

ASTR 305VThe Search for Life in the Universe

3

ASTR 308VInto the Final Frontier

3

ASTR 330VPlanetary Exploration

3

Four-six credits from the following

ASTR 400Undergraduate Research

1-3

ASTR 401Topics in Modern Astrophysics

3

ASTR 402Introduction to Astronomical Observations and Techniques

3

EDUC 451Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science

3(2+2P)

EDUC 463Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level

3(2+2P)

Note: This requirement will generally be fulfilled by two 3-credit courses. Students may request the 4 credit option instead, if an appropriate topic and instructor for 1 credit of ASTR 400 are available. ASTR 401 and ASTR 402 are generally offered only in alternate years, and have prerequisites.

EMPHASIS:Engineering (18-19 credits)

The requirements for the engineering track minor comprise 18-19 credits, distributed as follows.

Three or four credits from the following

ASTR 105GThe Planets

4(3+2P)

ASTR 110GIntroduction to Astronomy

4(3+2P)

PHYS 215GEngineering Physics I

3

PHYS 216GEngineering Physics II

3

Three credits from the following

ASTR 301VRevolutionary Ideas in Science

3

ASTR 305VThe Search for Life in the Universe

3

ASTR 308VInto the Final Frontier

3

ASTR 330VPlanetary Exploration

3

Six or nine credits from the following

A E 428Aerospace Capstone Design

3(3+2P)

ASTR 400Undergraduate Research

1-3

ASTR 401Topics in Modern Astrophysics

3

ASTR 402Introduction to Astronomical Observations and Techniques

3

ASTR 406Astronomy and Astrophysics II

3

ASTR 435Observational Techniques I

3

E E 400Undergraduate Research

1-3

E E 418Capstone Design I

3(1+6P)

E E 419Capstone Design II

3(1+6P)

M E 400Undergraduate Research

1-3

Note: ASTR 401 and ASTR 402 are generally offered in alternate years. ASTR 406 and ASTR 435 are cross-listed with graduate classes and require special permission. Taking any of the non-astronomy classes for this requirement requires prior approval from the head of astronomy on a case-by-case basis, with a clear connection being established between the proposed research or design project and a particular topic in astronomy or astrophysics (astronomy instrumentation or observational projects are particularly encouraged); no more than 3 non-ASTR credits can be counted toward the minor.

Three or six credits (total of 12 between this and previous category) from the following

A E 424Aerospace Systems Engineering

3

BIOL 451Physiology of Microorganisms

3

BIOL 467Evolution

3

BIOL 473Ecology of Microorganisms

3(2+3P)

C S 475Artificial Intelligence I

3

C S 482Database Management Systems I

3

C S 483Introduction to Robotics

3

C S 491Parallel Programming

3

CHEM 360General Geochemistry

3

CHEM 431Physical Chemistry

3

CHEM 433Physical Chemistry I

3

E E 454Antennas and Radiation

3

E E 460Space System Mission Design and Analysis

3

E E 473Introduction to Optics

3

E E 478Fundamentals of Photonics

4(3+3P)

GEOL 465Isotope Geochemistry

3

GEOL 476Marine Paleoecology

3(2+3P)

MATH 471Complex Variables

3

MATH 472Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems

3

PHYS 451Intermediate Mechanics I

3

PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I

3

PHYS 480Thermodynamics

3

STAT 371Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I

3

STAT 470Probability: Theory and Applications

3

STAT 480Statistics: Theory and Applications

3

Note: Alternative 400-level courses in the physical sciences, engineering, or related fields, including one-time seminars, may be proposed on a case-by-case basis to fulfill this requirement, drawn from the fields of astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, geophysics, mathematics, physics, statistics, or from engineering. Proposals should include a clear justification that connects the course materials to a particular topic in astronomy or astrophysics.