Course Requirements for the APS Major (B.A., Astronomy)
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Astrophysics/Physics Track (Supervised by both APS and Physics Departments)
This is appropriate for someone intending to continue on to a graduate program in astrophysics or planetary sciences. It is similar to the Physics Plan 2 (Astrophysics) degree, but with additional labs in astrophysics instrumentation, and with different electives.
Part A: Lower Division Coursework
 Pre or CoRequisite Mathematics (16
hours minimum):
 APPM 1350/1360/2350/2360 Calculus I, II, & III and Linear Algebra (16)
OR
 MATH 1300/2300/2400/APPM2360 (18)
 Lower Division Physics (16 hours):
 PHYS 1110/1120/1140 General Physics 1 & 2 (9)
 PHYS 2170 Foundations of Modern Physics (3)
 PHYS 2150 Experimental Physics (1) [Taken with PHYS 2170]
 PHYS 2210 Classical Mechanics and Math Methods 1 (3)
 Lower Division ASTR (8 hours):
 ASTR 1030/1040 Accelerated Introductory Astronomy (4 + 4)
Part B: Upper Division Coursework
 Advanced Physics (12 hour minimum):
 PHYS 3310 Electricity & Magnetism 1 (3)
 PHYS 3320 Electricity & Magnetism 2 (3)
 PHYS 3210 Classical Mechanics and Math Methods 2 (3)
 PHYS 3220 Quantum Mechanics & Atomic Physics 1 (3)
We suggest electives from the following:
 PHYS 4230 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics (3)
 PHYS 4410 Quantum Mechanics & Atomic Physics 2 (3)
 PHYS 4420 Nuclear & Particle Physics (3)
 PHYS 4510 Optics (3)
 PHYS 4150 Plasma Physics (3)
 Advanced ASTR, one of the following two sequences (6 hour minimum):
 ASTR 3720/3750 Planetary sequence (3+3)
 ASTR 3730/3830 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy (3+3)
Plus three additional courses from the following or from those sequence courses not used above (9 hour minimum):
 ASTR 3510 Observations and Instrumentation 1 (4)
 ASTR 3520 Observations and Instrumentation 2 (4)
 ASTR 3710 Formation & Dynamics of Planetary Systems (3)
 ASTR 3740 Cosmology & Relativity (3)
 ASTR 3760 Solar & Space Physics (3)
 ASTR 3800 Scientific Data Analysis & Computing (3) [Requires Calculus III]
 ASTR 4330 Cosmochemistry (3)
 ATOC 4720 Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics (3)
 ASEN 4010 Introduction to Space Dynamics (3)
 Any ASTR 5000 or 6000 level course with Instructor's permission
Total Credit Hours:
23 minimum in ASTR, including 15 hrs upper division
PLUS
28 minimum in PHYS, including 12 hrs upper division
General Astronomy Track
This is appropriate for someone aiming at a career in education, science journalism, science policy, information technology, science management or technical work that does not require a graduate degree.
Part A: Elementary Coursework (25 credit hour minimum)
 ASTR 1030/1040 Accelerated Introductory
Astronomy sequence (8)
OR
ASTR 1010/1020 Introductory Astronomy sequence (8) with permission
 PHYS 1110/1120/1140: General Physics 1 & 2 (9)
 One of the following courses:
 ASTR 2500 (ASEN 2500) Gateway to Space (3)
 PHYS 2130 General Physics 3 (3) [requires Calculus III]
 PHYS 2170 Foundations of Modern Physics (3) [requires Calculus III]
 ASTR 2600 Computational Techniques (3)
Minimum of two additional courses selected from:
 ASTR 2000 Ancient Astronomies (3)
 ASTR 2010 Modern Cosmology (3)
 ASTR 2020 Intro to Space Astronomy (3)
 ASTR 2030 Black Holes (3)
 ASTR 2040 Life in the Universe
 ASTR 2500 Gateway to Space if not taken to satisfy above (3)
 ASTR 2600 Computational Techniques if not taken to satisfy above (3)
Part B: Corequisites in other Depts (15 credit hour minimum)
 APPM 1350/1360 (8)
OR
MATH 1300/2300 (10): Calculus I & II
 One other science sequence with lab. Can be satisfied by any sequence
that satisfies the A&S Core Natural Sciences Part A including a lab.
Examples:
 CHEM 1113/1114 and CHEM 1133/1134 (10)
 EBIO 1210/1220/1230 (7)
 GEOL 1010/1020/1030 (7)
 ATOC 1050/1060/1070 (7)
Part C: Advanced course work (18 credit hour minimum)
 One of the following upperlevel course
sequences:
Planetary Sequence (6)
 ASTR 3720 Planets & Their Atmospheres
 ASTR 3750 Planets, Moons & Rings
Stellar/Galactic Sequence (6)
 ASTR 3730 Stellar & Interstellar
 ASTR 3830 Galactic & Extragalactic
 Plus four additional courses from the following or from those sequence courses not used above (12 hr
minimum):
 ASTR 3510 Observations and Instrumentation 1 (4)
 ASTR 3520 Observations and Instrumentation 2 (4)
 ASTR 3710 Formation & Dynamics of Planetary Systems (3)
 ASTR 3740 Cosmology & Relativity (3)
 ASTR 3760 Solar & Space Physics (3)
 ASTR 3800 Scientific Data Analysis & Computing (3) [Requires Calculus III]
 ASEN 4010 Introduction to Space Dynamics (3)
 ASTR 4330 Cosmochemistry (3)
 ATOC 4720 Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics (3)
 ASTR 4800 Space Practice and Policy (3)
 ASTR 5760 Astrophysical Instrumentation (3) with instructor's permission
Total Credit Hours:
43 minimum in ASTR nd PHYS combined
