Astrophysics (modern astronomy) is the application of physics and mathematics to the study of the universe.
For students interested in attending graduate school in astronomy, a thorough grounding in mathematics and physics is essential. To meet the needs of such students, the Astronomy and Physics departments jointly offer an Astrophysics Major consisting of the complete physics major plus four astronomy subjects. One of the upper-level astronomy subjects can be replaced by a Senior Thesis in either Physics or Astronomy.
- Astronomy: Any 100-level course in ASTR w/lab, 206, and any two additional upper-level courses in ASTR or ASPH, one of which must be at the 300-level.
- Physics: PHYS 107, 108, 202, 207, 216, 302, 305, 310, 314
- Mathematics: MATH 215
Typical schedule of courses
Students planning to complete the Astrophysics Major ideally start with a 100-level course with laboratory in ASTR and PHYS 107 in the Fall of their first year, followed by PHYS 108 in the Spring:
|First Year||ASTR 1xx with a laboratory
(MATH 116 if necessary)
|ASTR 1xx with a laboratory (if not in fall term)
PHYS 108, ASTR 210
|Second Year||ASTR 206 (or in 3rd year)
PHYS 207, PHYS 216
ASTR 202 or 210 or 220
ASTR 206 (if not in 2nd year)
PHYS 302, ASTR 311
(ASTR 202 or 210 or 220?)
ASTR 206 (if not already done)
(ASTR 311 or 350 or 360?)
|(ASTR 303 or 350 or 370?)