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.
Having entirely fulfilled all the study requirements, students who have completed their Undergraduate Program in Astronomy are able to:
- Comprehend the basic knowledge of natural science in terms of its fundamental laws and the logic of mathematical relations.
- Identify and solve scientific problems using scientific method within its professional ethics.
- Reason the working of the universe and its contents (planetary system, stellar system, realms of galaxies) through astronomy and astrophysics.
- Perform basic astronomical tasks: to collect observational data using telescope, to analyze and interpret data.
- Apply established scientific method using advanced physics, mathematics, and computations in solving astronomical and astrophysical problems.
- Explore interdisciplinary subjects and technology in fields related to astronomy.
- Communicate their scientific knowledge and skills in oral presentation and written report.
- Recognize the past/present/future scientific mission and exploration, the availability of scientific data, and the relevant community.
- Work ethically as an individual as well as a team and develop a good attitude towards cooperation.
- Follow the development of scientific knowledge and apply scientific thinking in a wide range of work places and various contemporary challenges.
- 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)|
Distribution of the Groups of Study over four academic years
(elective courses are not included)
|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|
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|
|Total = 17 SKS||Total = 19 SKS|
|First Year Total = 36 SKS|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|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|
|All Total = 144 SKS|
|1||AS2005||Astronomy and Environment||2|
|2||AS3002||Astronomical Institution Management||2|
|4||AS3007||Small Solar System Bodies||3|
|5||AS4001||Astronomical Job Training||2|
|10||AS4202||Dynamics of Stellar System||3|
|2||AS5005||Selecta Topic in Astronomy||3|
|4||AS5112||Philosophy of Science A||2|
|8||AS5120||Introductory Dynamical Astronomy||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|
|17||AS5215||Data Mining and Virtual Observatory||2|
|19||AS5218||The History of Astronomy||2|
|21||AS5220||Earth Moon and Sun System||2|
|Total = 49 SKS|
Astronomy Minor Program Course
|Paket Minor Program Studi Astronomi|
|4||AS3201||Introduction to Cosmology||3|
|5||AS3202||Physics of Galaxy||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:
- a) Student admission based on written and skill test
- 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.
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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:
The visiting students (inbound) were :
- Year 2015: 26 students from Groningen University, the Netherlands on April 20