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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME

 

Our department offers a BSc education in Astronomy and Astrophysics lasting 4 years. The language of the education is Turkish. Every year about 65 students are attended to the undergraduate programme through ÖSYS Exam (Higher Education Council - Student Election and Location Exam)  according to their MF-1 (Maths and Science) scores.

 

First year of the programme contains the basic Maths and Physics courses. In the following years the branch related courses are dominant. The student are doing practise of some theoretically instructed subjects at Ankara University Observatory. The student who are successfully completed the BSc programme are given a BSc diploma with the title of Astronomer. The graduated students with great success can be attend to graduate education (MSc and PhD) in the fields of Astronomy, Physics and Maths at various universities and worked as research assistant or specialist during their graduate education.

 

Additionally, an important part of our graduates employed as Maths and Physics teacher at high schools after a Pedagogical Formation education. Generally, the employment chance of our graduates is not lower than the graduates from other basic and natural sciences. Moreover, it can be said that this chance is higher for our graduates due to the gained knowledge on several applied sciences. Our graduates are mainly found jobs in Education, Computer/Informatics and Telecommunication empolyment areas.

 

 

COURSES AND GRADUATION CRITERIA

 

STUDENTS ATTENDED BEFORE FALL 2013:

 

The undergraduate programme of our department mainly consist of Astronomy branch courses supported with basic Physics, Maths and Chemistry courses. The total sum of the national credits of the mandatory courses is 139 in our programme (including mandatory cultural and foreign language courses). The total sum of the credits must be 154 national credits  for graduation. The remainder 15 national credits must be completed with elective courses. The selection of the elective courses can be started at 5th semester and should have the approval from the student's advisor. The elective courses can be choosen among the department's electives or 3th or 4th class Physics and Maths elective courses as well.

 

STUDENTS ATTENDED AT AND AFTER FALL 2013:

 

The undergraduate programme of our department mainly consist of Astronomy branch courses supported with basic Physics, Maths and Chemistry courses. Including mandatory cultural and foreign language courses, the total sum of the credits must be 240 ECTS for graduation. The remainder ECTS credits from the total of the mandatory courses must be completed with elective courses. The selection of the elective courses can be started at 5th semester and should have the approval from the student's advisor. The elective courses can be choosen among the department's electives or 3th and/or 4th class Physics and Maths elective courses as well.

 

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 1. CLASS 1. SEMESTER

 CODE

 COURSE NAME

M/E

N.CREDIT

ECTS

 

 FIZ101

 Physics I

M

5

7

 

 FIZ151

 Physics Lab. I

M

1

3

 

 MAT101

 Mathematics I

M

5

8

 

 MAT103

 Linear Algebra I

M

3

5

 

 AST101

 History of Astronomy

M

2

3

 

 YDI101

 Foreign Language I

M

4

1

 

 TDI101

 Turkish Language I

M

2

1

 

 ATA101

 Ataturk's Principles and Hist. of Rev. I

M

2

1

 

 GUS101

 Music I

Z(+)

-

1

 

 GUS103

 Painting I

Z(+)

-

1

 

 HYK101

 Sculpture I

Z(+)

-

1

 

 BED101

 Physical Education I

Z(+)

-

1

 

 (+) Only One among these courses will be selected.

  TOTAL: 

24

30

 

 

 1. CLASS 2. SEMESTER

 CODE

 COURSE NAME

M/E

N.CREDIT

ECTS

 

 FIZ102

 Physics II

M

5

7

 

 FIZ152

 Physics Lab. II

M

1

3

 

 MAT102

 Mathematics II

M

5

8

 

 MAT104

 Linear Algebra II

M

3

5

 

 AST102

 Space Researches

M

2

3

 

 YDI102

 Foreign Language II

M

4

1

 

 TDI102

 Turkish Language II

M

2

1

 

 ATA102

 Ataturk's Principles and Hist. of Rev.II

M

2

1

 

 GUS102

 Music I

Z(+)

-

1

 

 GUS104

 Painting I

Z(+)

-

1

 

 HYK102

 Sculpture I

Z(+)

-

1

 

 BED102

 Physical Education I

Z(+)

-

1

 

 (+) Only One among these courses will be selected.

TOTAL: 

24

30

 

               

 2. CLASS 1. SEMESTER

 CODE

 COURSE NAME

M/E

N.CREDIT

ECTS

 

 AST201

 Astronomy I

M

3

5

 

 AST203

 Observational Instruments

M

3

4

 

 AST205

 Computer Programming

M

3

6

 

 AST207

 Solar System

M

3

4

 

 KIM201

 Chemistry I

M

3

4

 

 MAT223

 Differential Equations

M

5

6

 

 YDİ201

 Foreign Language III

M

4

1

 

TOTAL: 

24

30

 

 

 2. CLASS 2. SEMESTER

 

 

 

 

 CODE

 COURSE NAME

M/E

N.CREDIT

ECTS

 

 AST202

 Astronomy II

M

3

5

 

 AST204

 Spherical Astronomy

M

3

5

 

 AST206

 Statistical Astronomy

M

3

6

 

 FIZ258

 Optics Laboratory

M

2

4

 

 KIM202

 Chemistry II

M

3

4

 

 MAT224

 Partial Differential Equations

M

3

5

 

 YDİ202

 Foreign Language IV

M

4

1

 

TOTAL: 

21

30

 

               

 3. CLASS 1. SEMESTER

 CODE

 COURSE NAME

M/E

N.CREDIT

ECTS

 

 AST301

 Data Analysis in Astronomy I

M

3

7

 

 AST303

 Celestial Mechanics

M

3

5

 

 AST305

 Astrophysics I

M

3

7

 

 FIZ305

 Quantum Physics

M

5

8

 

 FIZ355

 Quantum Physics Lab.

M

2

3

 

 TOTAL: 

16

30

 

 

 3. CLASS 2. SEMESTER

 

 

 

 

 CODE

 COURSE NAME

M/E

N.CREDIT

ECTS

 

 AST302

 Data Analysis in Astronomy II

M

3

7

 

 AST304

 Double Stars

M

3

4

 

 AST306

 Variable Stars

M

3

3

 

 AST308

 Astrophysics II

M

3

7

 

 AST310

 Solar Physics

M

3

3

 

 FIZ312

 Electromagnetic Waves

M

3

6

 

TOTAL: 

18

30

 

 

 4. CLASS 1. SEMESTER

 

 

 

 

 CODE

 COURSE NAME

M/E

N.CREDIT

ECTS

 

 AST401

 Galaxies

M

3

5

 

 AST403

 Structure and Evolution of Stars

M

3

5

 

 

 Elective courses to be completed 

 

8

20

 

 TOTAL: 

14

30

(a)

 AST405

 Photometry

E

3

4

*

 AST407

 Contemporary Programming

E

3

5

*

 AST411

 Modelling in Astronomy

E

2

6

*

 AST413

 Planetary Systems and Their Formation

E

3

5

*

 AST415

 Numerical Analysis in Astronomy I

E

3

5

*

 

 4. CLASS 2. SEMESTER

 

 

 

 

 CODE

 COURSE NAME

M/E

N.CREDIT

ECTS

 

 AST402

 Practical Astronomy

M

3

6

 

 AST404

 Observational Astronomy

M

3

6

 

 

 Elective courses to be completed

 

7

18

 

TOTAL: 

13

30

(b)

 AST406

 Long Wavelength Astronomy

E

3

4

*

 AST408

 Image Processing in Astronomy

E

2

5

*

 AST410

 High Energy Astrophysics

E

2

4

*

 AST412

 Lunar and Solar Eclipses

E

2

4

*

 AST414

 Late Stages of Stellar Evolution

E

2

4

*

 AST416

 Numerical Analysis in Astronomy II

E

3

5

*

 

 

Elective Courses for Student Studying at Other Departments (Both semesters)

 CODE

 COURSE NAME

M/E

N.CREDIT

ECTS

 

 AST200

 General Astronomy

E

2

4

 

 

 

Explanations:

 

M: Mandatory Courses

 

E: Elective Courses

 

(*) Only the elective courses given by instructors of our department are listed. Students of our department can select these courses as well as 3th or 4th class Physics and Maths elective courses to complete their graduation credits. The contents of the elective courses can't overlap with the contents of the mandatory courses. The ECTS credits of the elective courses taken from another department will be taken in account as relevant department's determination.

 

(a) (b) Weekly course hours can't exceed 30 hours.

 

Ankara University, Faculty of Science, Dept. of Astronomy and Space Sciences, TR-06100, Tandogan - ANKARA / TURKEY