Paths through the Astronomy Major

There are many ways to complete the 11 course requirements for the Astronomy major. Here are some possibilities. We encourage you to discuss your own path with your advisor or any other member of the department.


Math placement 105/111

YearFallSpring
First

Intro Astro (110/111/112)*

MATH 105/111

MATH 106/111
Sophomore

Mechanics PHYS 123/116

MATH 121

Electromagnetism PHYS 124/117

Data Science 200

Junior

Modern PHYS 225

Intro Astrophys 235

Adv. Astrophys 352

Society 255

Senior

Elective

Thesis*

Elective

Thesis*

Thesis*

  • * Optional coursework
  • MATH 111 can be taken either semester¬†
  • Occasionally, MATH 111 students may be ¬†approved to take PHYS 123 concurrently.

Math placement 121

FallSpring

Mechanics PHYS 123/116

MATH 121

Electromagnetism PHYS 124/117

Data Science 200

Modern PHYS 225

Intro Astrophys 235

Adv. Astrophys 352
ElectiveSociety 255

Elective

Thesis*

Thesis*

Thesis*

  • * Optional coursework

Late Start

YearFallSpring
First------------
Sophomore------

MATH 111

Data Science 200

Junior

Mechanics PHYS 116

MATH 121

Electromagnetism PHYS 117

Society 255

Senior

Modern PHYS 225

Intro Astrophys 235

Elective

Adv. Astrophys 352

Elective


Grad School Track

YearFallSpring
First

Mechanics PHYS 123

MATH 121

Electromagnetism PHYS 124

Data Science 200

Sophomore

Modern PHYS 225

Waves PHYS 125

Stat Mech PHYS 230

Linear Algebra MATH 271

Junior

Intro Astrophys 235

MATH 211

Adv. Astrophys 352

Society 255

Quantum Mech PHYS 348

Senior

Diff Eq MATH 260

Observ Astro 337

Thesis

Thesis

Thesis