Undergraduate Program

BS in Physics and Astronomy

The BS degree is an intensive program that helps prepare students for graduate studies in astronomy, physics, or a related field. Students planning to attend graduate school normally elect the BS program.

Pre-Concentration Requirements

Before starting with the requirements for the BS degree, each student must also complete the following pre-concentration requirements:

One of the following calculus sequences:

Three introductory physics courses*:

*PHY 141, 142, and 143 are also acceptable.

We also strongly recommend that all students take AST 111: Elementary Astronomy I freshmen year, and AST 142: Elementary Astrophysics sophomore year.  

Concentration Requirements

Three of the following:

Six of the following*:

*PHY 218 or 243W are recommended.

Two courses in advanced mathematics:

Computer literacy can be satisfied by:

At least a 2.0 (C) average in astronomy, physics and mathematics courses must be maintained. The undergraduate astronomy advisor must approve all course choices.

Note: Equivalent graduate-level courses may be substituted when appropriate. Well-prepared students might consider taking the graduate quantum mechanics sequence (PHY 407/408) in their senior year in place of PHY 246.