Enquiry for Major/Minor/Programme Requirements

Minor Title Minor in Astronomy
Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in 2023-2024

The Minor in Astronomy is intended to provide interested students with a fundamental outlook on the subject. Students would acquire a taste of the subject through a large selection of elective courses to allow them to pursue their interests in the subject and to establish connections between the field of astronomy and other science disciplines.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this programme, students should be able to:
PLO 1 :

identify and describe astrophysical phenomena with fundamental knowledge in physics (by means of coursework and tutorial classes in the curriculum)

PLO 2 :

develop their scientific intuition, abilities and techniques to tackle astrophysical problems either theoretical or observational in nature (by means of coursework, tutorial classes, and opportunities of field activities in the curriculum)

PLO 3 :

communicate and collaborate with people effectively in scientific issues (by means of group projects, tutorial sessions and presentation opportunities in the curriculum)

Impermissible Combination:


Required courses (36 credits)
1. Introductory level courses (18 credits)
Disciplinary Core Courses (12 credits)
PHYS1650 Nature of the universe (6)
PHYS2650 Modern astronomy (6)
Disciplinary Electives (6 credits)
At least 6 credits selected from the following courses:
PHYS1250 Fundamental physics (6)
PHYS2055 Introductory relativity (6)
PHYS2160 Introductory computational physics (6)
EASC2408 Planetary geology (6)
2. Advanced level courses (18 credits)
Disciplinary Core Courses (6 credits)
PHYS3650 Observational astronomy (6)
Disciplinary Electives (12 credits)
At least 12 credits selected from the following courses:
PHYS3653 Astrophysics (6)
PHYS3660 Astronomy laboratory (6)
PHYS4650 Stellar physics (6)
PHYS4652 Planetary science (6)
PHYS4653 Selected topics in astrophysics and cosmology (6)
PHYS4654 General relativity (6)
PHYS4655 Interstellar medium (6)
PHYS4656 Advanced astrophysics (6)

1. Double counting of credits is not permissible for major-minor or double-minors combinations. For a course appears as a core course ("disciplinary core") in the major-minor or double-minors, students have to make up the credits by taking replacement course in the minor. For details, please refer to "Students taking double Majors, Major-Minor or double Minors with overlapping course requirements" in the BSc syllabuses.

2. Students must have level 3 or above in HKDSE Physics or equivalent to take this minor.  Students who do not fulfill this requirement are advised to take PHYS1240 Physics by inquiry.


Important! Ultimate responsibility rests with students to ensure that the required pre-requisites and co-requisite of selected courses are fulfilled. Students must take and pass all required courses in the selected primary science major in order to satisfy the degree graduation requirements.

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