BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Astronomy/Astrophysics Track

The astronomy and astrophysics program can be completed in four years or eight semesters. This does not include dual enrollment or any transfer credit which you may have earned in high school or at other universities.

It is recommended that students in the astronomy and astrophysics program do not finish all of their general education courses before beginning to take courses in astronomy. Some astronomy courses require prerequisites, so it is important to meet with an advisor in the program before you schedule your first semester or as soon as you think you might be interested in this program.

Sample Schedule

This is only a sample schedule, and an advisor will be able to customize the best plan for you.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
PHY 152 Introductory Circuits-Survey of Electronics 3
MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
CSC 111 Introduction to Computing 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MTH 280 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5
PHY 203 Foundations of Physics I 5
ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MTH 302 Multivariate Calculus 3
PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II 5
AST 115 Basic Astronomy 4
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Total hours17

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MTH 303 Differential Equations 3
PHY 291 Introduction to Computational Physics 3
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
Self-Understanding/Humanities 3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
PHY 375 Modern Physics 3
PHY 391 Mathematics for Science and Engineering I 3
AST 311 Astronomical Techniques 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Self-Understanding/Creativity and Vision 3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
PHY 385 Experiments in Modern Physics 2
PHY 386 Undergraduate Research I 1
AST 313 The New Solar Systems 3
HST 121 or HST 122 3
Natural World 3
General Elective 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
PHY 333 Intermediate Mechanics 3
PHY 353 Electricity and Magnetism 3
Natural World 4
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Total hours16

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
PHY 343 Thermal Physics 3
PHY 486 Undergraduate Research II 1
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 4
Total hours14