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Since the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990 and the opening of a wide variety of major ground and space based sites for studying the universe across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, astronomers have been provided with an astonishing wealth of new information. From detailed studies of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation to the discovery of planets around other stars, from exploring the collisions of galaxies billions of years ago, to missions to the outer planets, astronomers are rapidly building a picture of the universe and the processes by which it is evolving with greater detail than ever before. The next decade may well provide answers to some of our most fundamental questions. Several courses are offered to suit persons of diverse backgrounds and depths of interest. Three beginning courses (AST 101H, 201H, 210H) require no special knowledge of mathematics or other sciences. They develop our understanding of the universe in a qualitative way and in terms of natural laws familiar to us on Earth. The other courses are designed for students of increasing scientific sophistication.

In some of these courses, the objective is to provide for practical involvement by the student. This is achieved by the use of the remotely-controlled telescopes on the St. George Campus roof-top observatory and at the Scarborough Campus by day as well as by night. A visit to the David Dunlap Observatory may also be arranged. Audiovisual demonstrations are used extensively.

Undergraduate Coordinator:

Dr. C.M. Clement (416-978-2204)


McLennan Physical Laboratories, Room 1403 (416-978-2016)

Astronomy & Astrophysics Programs

Enrolment in the Astronomy and Astrophysics programs requires completion of four courses; no minimum GPA is required.

Astronomy & Astrophysics (Science program)

Major program:
(8 full courses or their equivalent)

First Year:
MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1; PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1

Second Year:
1. AST221H1, AST222H1; MAT235Y1/MAT237Y1
2. Two of PHY225H1, PHY251H1, PHY252H1, PHY255H1, PHY256H1

Third Year:
1. AST320H1, AST325H1
2. One course from: CSC336H1, CSC350H1, CSC351H1, CSC418H1, CSC456H1, CSC457H1; ECE385H1; PHY305H1, PHY307H1/PHY308H1, PHY315H1, PHY351H1, PHY352H1, PHY353H1, PHY355H1, PHY357H1, PHY358H1, PHY359H1
3. One additional course in APM/AST/CSC/MAT/PHY/STA

Minor program:
(4 full courses or their equivalent)
1. AST221H1, AST222H1, AST320H1, AST325H1
2. PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1
3. Two of PHY225H1, PHY251H1, PHY252H1, PHY255H1, PHY256H1

Astronomy & Physics (Science program)

Consult Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics.

Specialist program:
(14 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)

First Year:
MAT137Y1, MAT223H1/MAT240H1; PHY140Y1

Second Year:
AST221H1, AST222H1; MAT237Y1, MAT244H1; PHY251H1, PHY255H1, PHY256H1

Third Year:
1. APM346H1; AST320H1, AST325H1; PHY225H1, PHY252H1, PHY351H1, PHY355H1
2. One of MAT224H1, MAT327H1, MAT334H1, MAT363H1; STA257H1

Fourth Year:
1. AST420H1, AST425H1; PHY352H1, PHY353H1
2. One half course from each of groups A and B
3. One additional half course from either group A, group B or group C

Group A:
PHY357H1, PHY358H1, PHY359H1

Group B:
PHY457H1, PHY459H1, PHY460H1, PHY483H1, PHY484H1

Group C:
PHY407H1, PHY408H1, PHY409H1

Planetary Sciences Specialist Program - See Planetary Sciences

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