Baylor University
Department of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

B.S. in Astronomy

The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy provides a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for graduate studies or careers in technology, medicine, education, law, finance, industry, and other professions.

Students planning to attend graduate school in astronomy (or another program in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) are advised to pursue this degree.

Please refer to the BS Astronomy Planner for a suggested sequence of courses.
Note that many courses are offered only in the fall or only in the spring.

Astronomy requirements:

  • Each of:
    PHY 1420   General Physics I
    PHY 1430   General Physics II
    PHY 2190   Introduction to Research in Physics
    PHY 2350   Modern Physics
    PHY 2360   Mathematical and Computational Physics
    PHY 2455   Foundations of Astronomy
    PHY 3320   Intermediate Classical Mechanics
    PHY 3350   Topics in Astronomy
    PHY 3455   Observational Astronomy
    PHY 4150   Instructional Observing
    PHY 4190   Dissemination of Research Results in Physics
    PHY 4350   Introduction to Stellar Structure and Evolution
    PHY 4351   Introduction to Modern Cosmology
    PHY 4001   Exit Exam
  • Six semester hours of PHY "3000" or "4000" level courses.
Other requirements:

(Each course must apply to a major in its department.)

  • Chemistry (three semester hours)
  • Computer science (three semester hours)
  • MTH 1321, 1322, 2311, 2321, 3325, and 3326
  • Nine hours from the following: biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, or statistics