Research for Course Credit


Enrolling in Academic Credit for Astronomy Research

If you are already involved in undergraduate research and you would like to earn course credit, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Confirm with your research advisor that you have their permission to sign up for the research for credit course.
  2. Figure out which course you will sign up for. Non-honors students will take Astronomy 4998 (non-thesis) or 4999 (thesis) and Honors students will take Astronomy 4998H (non-thesis) or 4999H (thesis).
    NOTE: If you are not doing research in Astronomy, but rather in Physics, Math, Earth Science, Chemistry, or some other department, then you will need to sign up for research through that Department instead.
  3. Figure out how many credit hours you'd like to take. We recommend signing up for 1 credit hour of research credit for every 3 hours of work per week, but the decision is ultimately up to you and your research advisor.
    NOTE: all research credit in the Astronomy Department are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) scale, which means they do not affect your GPA.
  4. Email your academic advisor, David Zach (, and ask to be enrolled in research credit. Please include the following information:
    1. Which class you'd like: Astronomy 4998, 4998H, 4999, or 4999H
    2. Which professor you are working with
    3. How many credit hours you would like to enroll in
  5. Your advisor will respond to your email and copy your research professor after the class has been added to your schedule.

The last day to enroll in a research course is always at 5:00pm on the 2nd Friday of each term.
For Spring 2020 semester, the deadline is Friday, January 17, 2020 at 5:00pm.

For more information on completing an undergraduate thesis in Astronomy & Astrophysics and graduating with Research Distinction, see here.