If you have been reading my blog, you know that I have been toying around with the idea of going back to school for my Astronomy Bachelor’s degree. I may even continue on to a Master’s degree. I am not certain if I have it in me to the full PhD/postdoc route. But grad school is a decision to be made a year before graduation.
I talked with an Astronomy/Astrophysics academic advisor at Indiana University back in December. Here is the rough course schedule we came up with.
- Summer 2011
- MATH-M211 Calculus I (4 credit hours)
- Fall 2011
- MATH-M212 Calculus II (4 credit hours)
- PHYS-P221 Physics I (5 credit hours)
- AST-A221 General Astronomy I (4 credit hours)
- Spring 2012
- MATH-M311 Calculus III (4 credit hours)
- PHYS-P222 Physics II (5 credit hours)
- AST-A221 General Astronomy II (4 credit hours)
- Summer 2012
- MATH-M343 Intro to Differential Equations with Applications I (3 credit hours)
- MATH-M303 Linear Algebra for Undergraduates (3 credit hours)
- Fall 2012
- MATH-M312 Calculus IV (4 credit hours)
- PHYS-P331 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism I (3 credit hours)
- PHYS-P441 General Astronomy II (4 credit hours)
- Spring 2013
- PHYS-P332 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism II (3 credit hours)
- PHYS-P453 Intro to Quantum Mechanics (3 credit hours)
- AST-A451 Stellar Astrophysics (3 credit hours)
- Fall 2013
- AST-A305 Modern Observational Techniques (4 credit hours)
- Spring 2014
- AST-A452 Extragalactic Astrophysics (3 credit hours)
Nearly all of my liberal arts and non-degree credits are done and were taken recently enough that I can count them toward this degree. I will also need to take an intensive writing course at some point in this degree program. Given all that math and physics, it would be a welcome break.
I am making a pretty big assumption with this course schedule. That assumption is that I quit my steady, well-paid, job with health benefits and go back to school full time for another three years. That is a decision I am still wrestling with and I am far from making a decision. This is really just a thought exercise for me to see how long it would take me to complete this degree that I have been eying since 2007.