Welcome to Undergraduate Program in Astronomy

Undergraduate Program

Nowadays, the Undergraduate Programme in Astronomy could include an interdisciplinary programme. In this Undergraduate Programme, Astronomy may cover, not only physics and mathematics, but also chemistry, geosciences, atmospheric science, life science, computational science, instrumentation, and so on. A lot of co-operation with the other undergraduate/degree programmes are included in the teaching. The research and education of astronomy in universities is typically based on one of the following four fields of expertise: physics, mathematics (including computational science), chemistry, and earth sciences (with the advent discovery of exoplanets). In ITB, the Degree Programmes in Astronomy (undergraduate and graduate studies) are built from the bases of these fields of expertise. Over the past ten years, the development of the content and the research in the degree programmes has concentrated especially on the strengthening of fundamental sciences and at the same time broadening the perspectives in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary researches. It is expected that our education programme will create critical systems thinking. In addition, science education as well as the art of how communicating science are increasingly important that must be incorporated in a university undergraduate programme.

Aims of Undergraduate Program in Astronomy

According to the ITB’s Academic Senate Decree on the values of education at Institut Teknologi Bandung No. 10/SK/I1-SA/OT/2012:

The values of education at Institut Teknologi Bandung are to educate students in order to have competences valuable to the living society, independently, seriously to adhere into professional ethics and to live ethically in the society, to develop themselves valuable in the working life and the society itself.

Education in ITB includes academic education and development of a noble personality who always upholds the noble values.

Graduates become intelligent scholars who serve as role models in their community and give a significant contribution to the implementation of the society’s ideal, which is a prosperous and noble life.

Graduates have comprehensive mastery of knowledge, equipped with extensive insights and awareness of the usefulness of their knowledge hence have the ability and instinct for its development and/or implementation, both independently and in collaborations, including inter-disciplinary co-operations.

The studies leading to the university undergraduate (Bachelor’s Degree/’sarjana’) shall provide the students with the following:

(a) Undergraduate Programme of a discipline/field covers fundamental science/fields of the corresponding discipline that shapes the basics into the working life as primary subject in economic activities in the society, or to pursue a higher level in university study.

(b) With the delivered competences in fundamental science/fields and its related skills, graduates from the undergraduate study should be able to observe, to recognize, and to solve problems in their fields scientifically and fully creative, to apply their expertise, and to be ready to anticipate changes and developments.

The education is based on scientific research and practices in the relevant professional field and coordinated by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA). These values of educational objectives form a basis for the learning outcomes of Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy.

The general part in Astronomy provides the students with basic knowledge and skills, both theoretically and in practice. The studies comprise the basics in natural sciences, mainly in physics and mathematics, advanced physics and mathematical methods and computation, basic astronomy and astrophysics, and special topics in advanced astronomy and/or astrophysics. In the general studies, the student acquires mathematical, scientific, and general skills that are required in the major and elective subject studies.

nd general skills that are required in the major and elective subject studies.

Learning Outcome

Having entirely fulfilled all the study requirements, students who have completed their Undergraduate Program in Astronomy are able to:

  1. Comprehend the basic knowledge of natural science in terms of its fundamental laws and the logic of mathematical relations.
  2. Identify and solve scientific problems using scientific method within its professional ethics.
  3. Reason the working of the universe and its contents (planetary system, stellar system, realms of galaxies) through astronomy and astrophysics.
  4. Perform basic astronomical tasks: to collect observational data using telescope, to analyze and interpret data.
  5. Apply established scientific method using advanced physics, mathematics, and computations in solving astronomical and astrophysical problems.
  6. Explore interdisciplinary subjects and technology in fields related to astronomy.
  7. Communicate their scientific knowledge and skills in oral presentation and written report.
  8. Recognize the past/present/future scientific mission and exploration, the availability of scientific data, and the relevant community.
  9. Work ethically as an individual as well as a team and develop a good attitude towards cooperation.
  10. Follow the development of scientific knowledge and apply scientific thinking in a wide range of work places and various contemporary challenges.
  11. Recognize the place and role of astronomy in human civilization and maintain strong enthusiasm in science.

In addition to the above LOs, a majority of astronomy graduates has good understanding of the role of astronomy in science education and is involved in communicating science to the general public. Students also possess the basic knowledge and skills needed for Master’s level studies.



Normal credits and the corresponding workload per semester

Academic Year Semester Common First Year Programme SarjanaLevel (SKS) Total Hour ECTS (28.8 hours per credit)
1 1 19 912 31.7
2 17 816 28.3
2 3 18 864 30
4 18 864 30
3 5 18 864 30
6 18 864 30
4 7 18 864 30
8 18 864 30
Total 36 108 6912 240

Distribution of the Groups of Study over four academic years

(elective courses are not included)

Year Study Group Credits Percentage*) ECTS
1 General Studies: General Scientific Skills 36 25% 58
2 General Studies: General Scientific Skills 4 2.8% 6
General Studies: General Skills provided by the Degree Programme 34 23.6% 54
3 General Studies: General Skills provided by the Degree Programme 2 1.4% 3
Major Subjects 28 19.4% 45
4 Major Subjects 8 5.6% 13
Total 112 77.8% 179

Curriculum and Module Handbooks for Undergraduate Program in Astronomy

Semester 1 Semester 2
1 MA1101 Mathematics IA 4 1 MA1201 Mathematics IIA 4
2 FI1101 Elementary Physics IA 4 2 FI1201 Elementary Physics IIA 4
3 KI1101 General Chemistry IA 3 3 KI1201 General Chemistry IIA 3
4 KU1101 Intoduction to Engineering and Design I 2 4 KU1201 Intoduction to Engineering and Design II 2
5 KU1011 Indonesian Language: Scientific Writing 2 5 KU1072 Introduction to Information Technology B 2
6 KU1160 Introduction to Mathematics and Natural Sciences 2 6 KU102X English (KU1021/1022/1023) 2
7 KU1001 Sports 2
Total = 17 SKS Total = 19 SKS
First Year Total = 36 SKS
Semester 3 Semester 4
1 FI2102 Mechanics 4 1 AS2201 Celestial Mechanics 3
2 AS2101 Astrophysics 3 2 AS2202 Basic Astronomy Laboratory I 3
3 AS2102 Statistics in Astronomy 3 3 AS2204 Mathematical Methods in Astronomy II 3
4 AS2103 Positional Astronomy 3 4 FI2202 Electricity and Magnetism 4
5 AS2104 Mathematical Methods in Astronomy I 3 5 AS2205 Computational Astronomy 3
6 KU206X Religion and Ethics 2 6 KU2071 Pancasila and Civic Education 2
Total = 18 SKS Total = 18 SKS
Second Year Total = 36 SKS
Semester 5 Semester 6
1 FI3102 Thermal Physics 4 1 AS3201 Introduction to Cosmology 3
2 AS3101 Basic Astronomy Laboratory II 3 2 AS3202 Physics of Galaxy 3
3 AS3103 Solar System 3 3 AS3203 Stellar Physics 3
4 AS3105 Process in Astrophysics I 3 4 AS3204 Process in Astrophysics II 3
5 FI3101 Waves 3 5 XXMANJ Management Courses Elective 2
6 XXLING Environment Courses Elective 2
Total = 16 SKS Total = 16 SKS
Third Year Total = 32 SKS
Semester 7 Semester 8
1 AS4091 Final Project 4 1 AS4092 Final Project II 4
Total = 4 SKS Total = 4 SKS
Fourth Year Total = 8 SKS
Mata Kuliah Pilihan SKS
1 Department Elective 12
2 Non-Department Elective 3
3 Free Elective 17
All Total = 144 SKS


Elective Course


1 AS2005 Astronomy and Environment 2
2 AS3002 Astronomical Institution Management 2
3 AS3006 Calendar System 3
4 AS3007 Small Solar System Bodies 3
5 AS4001 Astronomical Job Training 2
6 AS4102 Stellar System 3
7 AS4103 Observational Astrophysics 3
8 AS4104 Interstellar Matter 3
9 AS4105 Stellar Evolution 3
10 AS4202 Dynamics of Stellar System 3
11 AS4204 Satellite Orbit 3


Conditional Course


1 AS5002 Astronomy A 2
2 AS5005 Selecta Topic in Astronomy 3
3 AS5111 Plasma Astrophysics 2
4 AS5112 Philosophy of Science A 2
5 AS5113 Communicating Astronomy 2
6 AS5115 Astrochemistry 2
7 AS5119 Space Weather 2
8 AS5120 Introductory Dynamical Astronomy 2
9 AS5121 Exoplanet 2
10 AS5122 High Energy Astrophysics 2
11 AS5123 Theory of Relativity 3
12 AS5124 Introduction to Astronomy Instrumentation 3
13 AS5125 Stellar Photometry and Spectroscopy 3
14 AS5212 Extragalaxy 3
15 AS5213 Relativistic Astrophysics 3
16 AS5214 Solar Physics 3
17 AS5215 Data Mining and Virtual Observatory 2
18 AS5217 Time 2
19 AS5218 The History of Astronomy 2
20 AS5219 Astrobiology 2
21 AS5220 Earth Moon and Sun System 2
Total = 49 SKS


Minor Program


1 101 Mathematics
2 102 Physics
3 105 Chemistry


Astronomy Minor Program Course


Paket Minor Program Studi Astronomi
1 AS2101 Astrophysics 3
2 AS2103 Positional Astronomy 3
3 AS3103 Solar System 3
4 AS3201 Introduction to Cosmology 3
5 AS3202 Physics of Galaxy 3
6 AS3203 Stellar Physics 3
Total = 18 SKS



Admission to our undergraduate program is conducted centrally by the ITB and the national committee on student selection for university studies. Management of student admission for all faculty and school within ITB is centrally-organized at Directorate of Education of ITB. Since 2011, ITB has been using national-level student admission system. The national admission committee is composed from all state university delegates.

Based on regulation of Ministry of Education No. 034/2010, student admission for state university is categorized into two types:

  1. a) Student admission based on written and skill test
  2. b) Student admission based on academic performance (non-written and skill test)

Start from 2008, all new accepted students enrolled in faculty/school of ITB. The new student does not directly enter study program. After one year in common preparation level, student enters study program. Since the capacity of each study program is limited, faculty/school develops certain criteria for every study program.

Detail information for international student, please refers to

International Relation Office

Visiting Student S1

We strongly encourage our students to have experiences abroad, to learn research and academic atmospheres, and disseminate their experiences to our community.

The visiting students (outbound) were:

  1. Year 2014
  2. Year 2015

The visiting students (inbound) were :

  1. Year 2015: 26 students from Groningen University, the Netherlands on April 20