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