The curriculum definition as established by the U.S. Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs (“CIP”): Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of inanimate objects, processes of matter and energy, and associated phenomena. (CIP Code #40)
Notable Programs in this Curriculum: Astronomy and Astrophysics; Chemistry; Geology; Meteorology; Physics; Nuclear Physics; Material Science.
Prominent figures related to this curriculum:
Albert Einstein by 'Blatant News'
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)
Discovered that the earth orbits the sun ("heliocentric" universe)
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Nobel Prize winner developed profound theories of relativity
Stephen W. Hawking (1942-Present)
World-renowned theoretical physicist, high-profile public figure
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The Complete List of Programs in this Curriculum:
Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of inanimate objects, processes of matter and energy, and associated phenomena.
Instructional content is defined in code 40.0101.
A program that focuses on the major topics, concepts, processes, and interrelationships of physical phenomena as studied in any combination of physical science disciplines.
Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Instructional content for this group of programs is defined in codes 40.0201- 40.0299.
A general program that focuses on the planetary, galactic, and stellar phenomena occurring in outer space. Includes instruction in celestial mechanics, cosmology, stellar physics, galactic evolution, quasars, stellar distribution and motion, interstellar medium, atomic and molecular constituents of astronomical phenomena, planetary science, solar system evolution, and specific methodologies such as optical astronomy, radioastronomy, and theoretical astronomy.
A program that focuses on the theoretical and observational study of the structure, properties, and behavior of stars, star systems and clusters, stellar life cycles, and related phenomena. Includes instruction in cosmology, plasma kinetics, stellar physics, convolution and non-equilibrium radiation transfer theory, non-Euclidean geometries, mathematical modeling, galactic structure theory, and relativistic astronomy. (Moved from 40.0301)
Planetary Astronomy and Science.
(NEW) A program that focuses on the scientific study of planets, small objects, and related gravitational systems. Includes instruction in the structure and composition of planetary surfaces and interiors, planetary atmospheres, satellites, orbital mechanics, asteroids and comets, solar system evolution and dynamics, planetary evolution, gravitational physics, and radiation physics.
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other.
(NEW) Any instructional program in astronomy and astrophysics not listed above.
(Moved, Report under 40.0202)
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology.
Instructional content for this group of programs is defined in codes 40.0401- 40.0499.