Astronomy & Astrophysics Major Requirements

The Astronomy & Astrophysics major is designed to prepare students for graduate studies in Astronomy and related fields. The major combines rigorous academic preparation with a strong research component, which usually culminates in the presentation of original research results at national astronomical conferences. In addition, the major provides a balanced Liberal Arts and Sciences education and outstanding preparation for careers in science journalism and science education, as well as for essentially any technically-based career.

 Research facilities utilized by students in the Department include a suite of on- site telescopes located on the roof of Mendel Science Center, remotely-operated telescopes in Arizona managed by University consortia, and national facilities, such as Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope, via faculty research programs.

The major consists of 86 credits, including courses in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and computer science. Students completing the major will also qualify for a minor in physics. Required courses are: AST2120-2123,  2133, 2134, 3141-3143, 3162, 4121, 4122;  CSC 4630; MAT1500, 1505, 2500, 2705; PHY 2410-2417, 2601, 2603, 4100, 4200 and 3 additional PHY courses numbered above 3000.

A representative semester-by-semester breakdown of the major is given below:

 

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

Course

Credits

 

Course

Credits

AST2120

3

 

AST2121

3

PHY2410/2411

4

 

PHY2412/2413

4

PHY2601

1

 

PHY2603

1

MAT1500

4

 

MAT1505

4

Augustine & Culture Seminar I

3

 

Augustine & Culture Seminar II

3

Core Language (1 of 2)

3

 

Core Language (2 of 2)

3

 

18

 

 

18

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

Course

Credits

 

Course

Credits

AST2122

3

 

AST2123

3

AST2133

2

 

AST2134

2

PHY2414/2415

4

 

PHY2416/2417

4

MAT2500

4

 

MAT2705

4

Core Theology

3

 

PHY4200* or Core Philosophy

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

16

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

Course

Credits

 

Course

Credits

AST3141 or AST3143

3

 

AST3142 or AST3162

3

PHY4100

3

 

AST4121

3

PHY Elective**

3

 

PHY4200

3

Core Social Science  (1 of 2)

3

 

CSC4630***

3

Core History

3

 

Core Ethics

3

Free Elective

3

 

Core Lit & Writing

3

 

18

 

 

18

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

Course

Credits

 

Course

Credits

AST3141 or AST3143

3

 

AST3142 or AST3162

3

AST4122

3

 

PHY Elective**

3

PHY Elective**

3

 

Advanced Theology

3

Core Social Science (2 of 2)

3

 

Core Fine Arts

3

Free Elective

3

 

Free Elective

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

15

* PHY4200 is a pre-requisite for PHY4000 (E&M I)

**Three physics electives must be selected from numbers above 3000.

***CSC4630 offered Spring semester in odd–numbered years

* Astronomy Majors Curriculum.pdf
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