Astronomy & Astrophysics Major and Minor Curriculum

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Requirements for the B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics

Astronomy Major Flowchart for Astronomy Courses

Sample Schedules*:

Astronomy Major Sample Schedule

Astronomy Major Honors Track Sample Schedule

Double Major in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics

Double Major in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics (Honors)


*Note: these sample schedules represent only a few of many possible ways to move through the Astronomy & Astrophysics curriculum. Consult with an academic advisor to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

Curriculum

The Astronomy Department has adopted the following curriculum for the Astronomy & Astrophysics Major:

Prerequisites

Semester Course Sem
Hrs
Astron 1221, CSE 1222, or CSE 1223 Astronomy Data Analysis/Introduction to Computer Programming 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

Major Program

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 Intermediate Mechanics 1 4
Physics 2301 Intermediate Mechanics 2 4
Physics 3700 Experimental Physics Instrumentation and Data Analysis Lab 3
Physics 5400 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism 4
Physics 5401H Honors Advanced Electricity & Magnetism 25 4
Physics 5500 Quantum Mechanics 1 4
Physics 5501 Quantum Mechanics 25 4
Physics 5600 Statistical Mechanics 4

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. 

Requirements for the Minor in Astronomy & Astrophysics

Semester Course Sem
Hrs
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 Intermediate Mechanics I1 4
Physics 3470 Optics1 3

Notes:

  1. Only one of Astron 5681, Astron 5682, Phys 2300, or PHYS 3470 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 sample schedule for a double major in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, linked above.


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