Recommended Curriculum for Astronomy & Astrophysics Majors and Minors

Beginning in Autumn 2011 the name of the major and minor programs changed from Astronomy to Astronomy and Astrophysics

Astronomy and Astrophysics Major Curriculum

The Astronomy Department has adopted the following curriculum for the Astronomy and Astrophysics Major under semesters:

Prerequisites

Semester CourseSem
Hrs
  
Math 1151 Calculus I5  
Math 1152 Calculus II15  
Math 2153 Calculus III13  
Physics 1250/1250H Mechanics, Thermal Physics, and Waves5  
Physics 1251/1251H E&M, Optics, and Modern Physics5  

Major Program

Semester CourseSem Hrs  
Astron 2895 Seminar1  
Astron 2291 Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy3  
Astron 2292 Stellar, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astronomy & Astrophysics3  
Astron 3350 Methods of Astronomical Observation and Data Analysis3  
Astron 5681 Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis23  
Astron 5682 Introduction to Cosmology23  
CSE 1222 Intro to C++2  
Math 2568 Linear Algebra3,43  
Math 2415 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations3,43  
Physics 2300 Dynamics of Particles and Waves I4  
Physics 2301 Dynamics of Particles and Waves II4  
Physics 3700 Methods in Experimental Physics3  
Physics 5400 Electricity & Magnetism I4  
Physics 5401 Electricity & Magnetism II54  
Physics 5500 Quantum Mechanics I4  
Physics 5501 Quantum Mechanics II54  
Physics 5600 Statistical Physics4  

Notes:

  1. An acceptable substitute math sequence is Math 1151 - 1172 - 2173 - 2568 - 2415. More advanced students may also substitute Math 1161 - 2162 in place of Math 1151 - 1152 - 1153 or Math 1151 - 1172 - 2173. Math 1151 - 1152 - 2153 - 2174 and Math 1151 - 1172 - 2173 - 2174 also meet the minimum requirements, but are not recommended for students who plan to go to graduate school in astronomy or physics.
  2. Only one of Astron 5681 and 5682 will be required
  3. Math 4551 Vector Analysis is also recommended for students who plan to go to graduate school.
  4. Math 2255 Differential Equations and Their Applications is an acceptable substitute for Math 2415
  5. Only one of Physics 5401 and 5501 will be required.

Astronomy and Astrophysics Minor Curriculum Under Semesters

Semester CourseSem
Hrs
  
Astron 2291 Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy3  
Astron 2292 Stellar, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astronomy & Astrophysics3  
Astron 3350 Methods of Astronomical Observation and Data Analysis3  
Astron 5681 Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis13  
Astron 5682 Introduction to Cosmology13  
Physics 2300 Dynamics of Particles and Waves I14  

Notes:

  1. Only one of Astron 5681, Astron 5682, or Phys 2300 will be required.

Double Major with Physics

Many students undertake a double major with Physics.  Such a path increases the depth of preparation in physics and mathematics, and is a good option for students intending to go on to graduate school in Physics or Astrophysics.  If you are interested, check out the recommended curriculum for Physics/Astronomy and Astrophysics double majors (PDF format).


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