An Astronomy Major, taught by ARC members, is offered as part of the BSc Mathematical Sciences stream in the College of Agriculture, Engineering, and Science.
The table below gives the structure of the Major (all modules are 16 credits). Click on the links for the ASTR modules to view course content and learning goals.
MATH130 (Introduction to Calculus)
MATH140 (Calculus and Linear Algebra)
PHYS113 (Mechanics) [or PHYS110, which this replaced]
PHYS114 (Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism) [or PHYS120, which this replaced]
MATH212 (Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra)
MATH251 (Further Calculus and Introductory Analysis)
and either MATH327 (Numerical Analysis) or MATH344 (Tensor Analysis)
Note that from 2018, the modules ASTR203, ASTR204, ASTR304 have replaced ASTR201, ASTR202, ASTR302 respectively. This is only because the names of the modules have been changed – the content is identical to the older courses.
The first year curriculum is the same as the first year of the Physics Major, and we recommend that students register for both the Astronomy and Physics Majors.
ARC runs an undergraduate internship programme (UIP) to enhance the coursework, research and outreach experience for ARC undergraduate students. The programme involves students studying astrophysics and cosmology at the undergraduate level (BSc and BSc Hons), including students in the SARAO-NRF-UKZN bursary programme. The UIP comprises a number of activities to strengthen the academic programme for ARC undergraduates and involves close interaction with academic staff, postdoctoral research fellows, and postgraduate students. These activities include:
General orientation and administrative assistance is also provided for UIP students.