Astronomy and Astrophysics Major Curriculum
The Astronomy Department has adopted the following curriculum for the Astronomy and Astrophysics Major:
Semester Course Sem
CSE 1222, CSE 1223, or ASTR 1221 3 Math 1151 Calculus I 5 Math 1152 Calculus II1 5 Math 2153 Calculus III1 3 Physics 1250/1250H Mechanics, Thermal Physics, and Waves 5 Physics 1251/1251H E&M, Optics, and Modern Physics 5
Semester Course Sem Hrs Astron 2895 Seminar 1 Astron 2291 Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy 3 Astron 2292 Stellar, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 Astron 3350 Methods of Astronomical Observation and Data Analysis 3 Astron 5681 Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis2 3 Astron 5682 Introduction to Cosmology2 3 Math 2568 Linear Algebra3,4 3 Math 2415 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations3,4 3 Physics 2300 Dynamics of Particles and Waves I 4 Physics 2301 Dynamics of Particles and Waves II 4 Physics 3700 Data Analysis Lab 3 Physics 5400 Electricity & Magnetism I 4 Physics 5401 Electricity & Magnetism II5 4 Physics 5500 Quantum Mechanics I 4 Physics 5501 Quantum Mechanics II5 4 Physics 5600 Statistical Physics 4
- 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.
- Only one of Astron 5681 and 5682 will be required
- Math 4551 Vector Analysis is also recommended for students who plan to go to graduate school.
- Math 2255 Differential Equations and Their Applications is an acceptable substitute for Math 2415
- Only one of Physics 5401 and 5501 will be required.
Astronomy and Astrophysics Minor Curriculum Under Semesters
Semester Course Sem
Astron 2291 Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy 3 Astron 2292 Stellar, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 Astron 3350 Methods of Astronomical Observation and Data Analysis 3 Astron 5681 Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis1 3 Astron 5682 Introduction to Cosmology1 3 Physics 2300 Dynamics of Particles and Waves I1 4
- 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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