The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Astronomy provides a rigorous physical sciences program for those with an interest in astronomy. The strong math, physics and astronomy background of this program will prepare students wanting to pursue graduate school. Moreover, the problem solving, data analysis, scientific communication, physical reasoning, and computational skills developed during the program provides preparation for careers in a wide range of STEM-related professional fields.
Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.
Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the Departmental major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.
Note: In some cases the requirements of a specific program will increase the number of credits above 120.
Students must receive a grade of C- or better in all physics and/or astronomy courses, and a minimum grade of C- is required in all prerequisite courses. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher for all course work is required for graduation.
Students should consult with the Undergraduate Academic Advisor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy for more detailed information concerning the various degrees and options outlined below.
|AST 1010||Discovering the Universe||1|
& AST 2011
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
|AST 2030||Life in the Universe||3|
|AST 4100||Astronomical Techniques||3|
|AST 4200||Astronomical Laboratory||2|
|AST 4300||Planetary Astronomy and Space Science||3|
|AST 5010||Astrophysics and Stellar Astronomy||3|
|AST 5100||Galaxies and the Universe||3|
|AST 6080||Survey of Astrophysics||3|
& PHY 2171
|University Physics for Scientists I|
and University Physics Laboratory
& PHY 2181
|University Physics for Scientists II|
and University Physics Laboratory II
& PHY 3310
|Introductory Modern Physics|
and Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory
|PHY 3750||Introduction to Computational Methods||1|
|PHY 6750||Applied Computational Methods||2-3|
|or PHY 6860||Computational Physics|
|MAT 2010||Calculus I||4|
|MAT 2020||Calculus II||4|
|MAT 2030||Calculus III||4|
|MAT 2150||Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra||4|
|Two electives in Physics||6|
Physics AGRADE Program
Seniors in Physics and Astronomy, with a minimum grade point average of 3.5, may enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate programs. These students can apply up to fifteen credits towards both the bachelors and masters degrees in physics. Contact Undergraduate Academic Advisor for further information.