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.
- 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.
(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