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The following coursework is required:

  1. Physics 301 and 101L
  2. Physics 316 and 116L (Prerequisites: Physics 301 and 101L)
  3. Physics 315 and 115L (Prerequisites: Physics 316 and 116L)
  4. Nine semester hours of upper-division coursework in astronomy, including at least two of the following courses:
    Astronomy 352K
    Astronomy 352L
    Astronomy 353
    Astronomy 358
    Astronomy 364
  5. Six additional upper-division hours in astronomy and/or physics


Six semester hours of coursework (other than astronomy, lower-division physics, lower-division mathematics, and Mathematics 427K) approved by the undergraduate adviser; and either six semester hours of upper-division physics in addition to the courses used to fulfill the major requirements or six semester hours of upper-division coursework approved by the undergraduate adviser.

Students must earn a grade of at least C- in each mathematics and science course required for the degree, and a grade point average in these courses of at least 2.00.

All astronomy majors should consult the astronomy undergraduate adviser regularly about the choice of appropriate courses in both the major and the minor. Qualified students are encouraged to carry out a supervised research project by taking a conference course, such as Astronomy 375 or 379H. No more than six of the hours counted toward the major requirement may be earned in conference courses.