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Astrophysics, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #6 (BCR) Manhattan, NY, United States
The Astrophysics major offered by Columbia University is designed as preparation for graduate study and consists of a standard physics major sequence; a yearlong introduction to astrophysics (typically taken in the sophomore year, but open to first-years with adequate preparation in calculus and physics); and two required courses covering advanced topics in astronomy.
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Overview

Overview

Research offered by Columbia University, in the form of summer internships and/or term-time independent projects, which can lead to a senior thesis, is strongly encouraged. For a research thesis, Astrophysics students should enroll in the parallel, two-semester sequence ASTR UN3997-ASTR UN3998 Independent Research , preferably in their senior year. Students begin the research project in the fall and complete the written thesis in the spring. ASTR UN3997 and ASTR UN3998 cannot be repeated for credit.

The astronomy major provides a basis for further study in the field, but is also designed to be compatible with liberal arts students who pursue other careers and those wishing to combine astronomy with related sciences other than physics, such as chemistry or geology. It requires only two physics courses beyond the introductory sequence and can be completed easily if begun in the sophomore year.

The department offers numerous introductory astronomy courses at the 1000-level that do not have prerequisites. The calculus-based ASTR UN2001 Introduction To Astrophysics, I-ASTR UN2002 Introduction To Astrophysics, II  sequence is recommended for astronomy majors and concentrators and is required for astrophysics majors.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Earth, Moon and Planets
  • Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology etc.
  • Theories of the Universe: From Babylon to the Big Bang.
  • Stars and Atoms. 
  • Life in the Universe. 
  • Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology. 
  • Introduction To Astrophysics
  • Frontiers of Astrophysics
  • Modern Stellar Astrophysics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Autobiographical information
  • Lists and descriptions of a student’s achievements, activities, employment and summer activities
  • Personal essay
  • An official high school transcript from all high schools attended
  • One high school counselor’s recommendation and school profile
  • The completed Mid-Year Report
  • SAT or ACT
  • Applicants may self-report their scores
  • Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    58920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29460 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    58920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29460 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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