Requirements for the B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics
Astronomy Major Flowchart for Astronomy Courses
Astronomy Major Sample Schedule
Astronomy Major Honors Track Sample Schedule
*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.
The Astronomy Department has adopted the following curriculum for the Astronomy & Astrophysics Major:
Semester Course Sem
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
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 5400/5400H Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism 4 Physics 5401H (Honors Only) Honors Advanced Electricity & Magnetism 25 4 Physics 5500/5500H Quantum Mechanics 1 4 Physics 5501/5501H Quantum Mechanics 25 4 Physics 5600 Statistical Mechanics 4
- An acceptable substitute math sequence is Math 1151 - 1172 - 2173 - 2568 - 2415. More advanced students may also substitute Math 1161 - 2162 or Math 1181H - 2182H in place of Math 1151 - 1152 - 2153. 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.
Requirements for the Minor in Astronomy & Astrophysics
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 Intermediate Mechanics I1 4 Physics 3470 Optics1 3
- Only one of Astron 5681, Astron 5682, Physics 2300, or Physics 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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