Major Requirements

Below is a typical program for Astronomy and Astrophysics majors:

Freshmen Year

First Semester Courses Second Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
AST 2122 - Galaxies and Cosmology 3 AST 2121 - Solar System Astronomy 3
MAT 1500 - Calculus I 4 MAT 1505 - Calculus II 4
PHY 2601 - Computational Phy Lab I 1 PHY 2603 - Computational Phy Lab II 1
PHY 2410 - University Phy:Mechanics /
PHY 2411 - Lab: Mechanics
4 PHY 2412 - Univ Physics: Elec & Mag /
PHY 2413 - Lab: Elec & Magnetism
4
Core Language 3 Core Language 3
Core Humanities ** 3 Core Humanities ** 3

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Second Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
AST 2120 - Sun and Stars /
AST 2133 - Observational Lab I
5 AST 3152 - Astrodynamics /
AST 2134 - Observational Lab II
5
MAT 2500 - Calculus III 4 MAT 2705 - Diff Equation with Linear Alg 4
PHY 2414 - Univ Physics: Thermo /
PHY 2415 - Lab: Thermodynamics
4 PHY 2416 - Modern Physics /
PHY 2417 - Lab: Modern Physics
4
ETH 2050 - Eth Trad & Contemp Life 3 PHY 4200 - Mathematical Physics I 3
ENG 1050 - The Literary Experience 3 PHI 1050 - Intro to Philosophy 3

Junior Year

First Semester Courses Second Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
AST 3141 - Galactic Astronomy or
MET 2001 - Meteorology of the Planets
3 AST 3142 - Intro to Astrophysics or
AST 3162 - HighEnergy Astrophysics Topics
3
PHY 4100 - Mechanics I 4 AST 4121 - Undergrad Research I 3
PHY 4000 - Elec & Magnetism I 3 PHY 5100 - Quantum Mechanics 3
CSC 4630 - Software Dev and Systems 3 Core Elective *** 3
HIS 1050 - Themes in Modern World History 3 Core Elective *** 3
THL 1050 - Christian Theology: An Intro 3 Core Elective *** 3

Senior Year

First Semester Courses Second Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
AST 3141 - Galactic Astronomy or
MET 2001 - Meteorology of the Planets
3 AST 3142 - Intro to Astrophysics or
AST 3162 - HighEnergy Astrophysics Topics
3
AST 4122 - Undergrad Research II 3 Core Elective *** 3
PHY 5200 - Thermo/Statistical Mech 4 Core Elective *** 3
Core elective *** 3 Core Elective *** 2-3
Core Elective *** 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3

*Physics must be selected from numbers above 3000. Courses in parentheses are suggested.

**Freshman Humanities Seminar - May be Religious Studies, History or Philosophy.

***Must satisfy the prescribed core requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

AST 3141 and 4121 fulfill a Writing Enriched requirement and AST 4122 fulfills a Writing Intensive requirement