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:
Required Prerequisites

Semester Course Credit Hours Astron 1221 Astronomy Data Analysis^{1} 3 CSE 1222 Introduction to Computer Programming: C++^{1} 3 CSE 1223 Introduction to Computer Programming: Java^{1} 3 Math 1151 Calculus I^{2} 5 Math 1152 Calculus II^{2} 5 Math 2153 Calculus III^{2} 4 Physics 1250/1250H Mechanics, Thermal Physics, and Waves 5 Physics 1251/1251H E&M, Optics, and Modern Physics 5
Major Program

Semester Course Credit Hours Astron 2895 Topics in Astrophysics 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 Nucleosynthesis^{3} 3 Astron 5682 Introduction to Cosmology^{3} 3 Math 2415 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations^{2,4,5} 3 Math 2568 Linear Algebra^{2,4} 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 2^{6} 4 Physics 5500/5500H Quantum Mechanics 1 4 Physics 5501/5501H Quantum Mechanics 2^{6} 4 Physics 5600 Statistical Mechanics 4
Notes:
 Only one of Astron 1221, CSE 1222, and CSE 1223 will be required.
 An acceptable substitute math sequence is Math 1151  1172  2173  2568  2415. Students with appropriate placement may also substitute Math 1161  2162 or Math 1181H  2182H or 4181H  4182H in place of Math 1151  1152  2153. Math 5520H may substitute in place of Math 2415  2568.
Math 1151  1152  2153  2174 and Math 1151  1172  2173  2174 may also meet the minimum requirements for graduation, 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 5401H and 5501/5501H 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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