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Astronomy

Undergraduate Requirements

Regulations for all Astronomy Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors

Courses in which the grade of D has been received do not count toward the major or concentration requirements.

For a Major in Astronomy

Students contemplating graduate study are advised to include at least two of these physics courses: PHYS W3003 Mechanics, PHYS W3007 Electricity and magnetism, and PHYS G4021 Quantum mechanics I or PHYS BC3006 Quantum physics. One of these may be substituted for three points of astronomy. The major requirements, to be planned with the director of undegraduate studies, are as follows:

  1. Calculus sequence through MATH V1202 Calculus IV or MATH V1208 Honors mathematics IV
  2. One of the following:
    • Two 3- point 1000-level astronomy courses and 12 points in astronomy at the 2000-level or above 
    • ASTR C2001-C2002 Introduction to astrophysics, I and II and 9 points in astronomy at the 3000-level or above
  3. One of the following sequences:
    • PHYS C1401 Introduction to mechanics and thermal dynamics, PHYS C1402 Introduction to electricity, magnetism, and optics, PHYS C1403 Introduction to classical and quantum waves
    • PHYS C1601 Physics I: mechanics and relativity, PHYS C1602 Physics II: thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism, PHYS C2601 Physics III, classical and quantum waves
    • PHYS C2801-C2802 Accelerated physics, I and II
  4. Two physics courses at the 3000- level or above

For a Major in Astrophysics

The major requires a minimum of 50 points, to be planned with the director of undergraduate studies before the beginning of the junior year as follows:

  1. Calculus sequence through MATH V1202 Calculus IV or MATH V1208 Honors mathematics IV
  2. ASTR C2001-C2002 Introduction to astrophysics, I and II 
  3. Six points in astronomy at the 3000-level or above
  4. One of the following sequences:
    • PHYS C1401 Introduction to mechanics and thermal dynamics, PHYS C1402 Introduction to electricity, magnetism, and optics, PHYS C1403 Introduction to classical and quantum waves
    • PHYS C1601 Physics I: mechanics and relativity, PHYS C1602 Physics II: thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism, PHYS C2601 Physics III, classical and quantum waves
    • PHYS C2801-C2802 Accelerated physics, I and II
  5. PHYS W3003 Mechanics
  6. PHYS W3007 Electricity and magnetism
  7. PHYS W3008 Electromagnetic waves and optics
  8. PHYS G4021 Quantum mechanics, I or BC3006 Quantum physics
  9. PHYS G4022 Quantum mechanics II or PHYS G4023 Thermal and statistical physics

For a Concentration in Astronomy

An extra three points of physics can substitute for three points of astronomy, as long as the course submitted is at the equivalent or higher level. The requirements are:

  1. Nine points of mathematics
  2. 15 points of astronomy, nine of which must be at or above the 2000-level
  3. Nine points of physics