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)

Total hours16
MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
General Education Elective 6

Second semester (spring)

Total hours16
PHY 203 Foundations of Physics I 5
PHY 152 Introductory Circuits-Survey of Electronics 3
MTH 280 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 5
ENG 110 Writing I 3

Third semester (fall)

Total hours16
PHY 204 Foundations of Physics II 5
AST 115 Basic Astronomy 4
MTH 302 Multivariate Calculus 3
General Education Elective 4

Fourth semester (spring)

Total hours15
MTH 303 Differential Equations 3
PHY 291 Introduction to Computational Physics 3
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
General Education Elective 6

Fifth semester (fall)

Total hours15
PHY 375 Modern Physics 3
PHY 353 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHY 333 Intermediate Mechanics 3
AST 311 Astronomical Techniques 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3

Sixth semester (spring)

Total hours15
PHY 391 Mathematics for Science and Engineering I 3
PHY 385 Experiments in Modern Physics 2
AST 317 Our Universe, the Final Frontier 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
General Education Elective 3

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours16
PHY 575 Quantum Mechanics 3
PHY 386 Undergraduate Research I 1
AST 313 The New Solar Systems 3
General Elective 6
General Education Elective 3

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours16
PHY 486 Undergraduate Research II 1
PHY 343 Thermal Physics 3
AST 315 The Lives and Deaths of Stars 3
General Elective 9