Astronomy Major Course Plan

Sample Sequence

The curriculum sequence below is a sample sequence, as all Astronomy students work with a department academic advisor to achieve their educational goals, specific to their needs and preparation. 

General Education: All Astronomy majors are required to satisfy general education requirements, including the College of LAS general education language requirement

Minimum Requirements for a Degree: The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has minimum standards of progress and performance that must be observed as students work toward a degree. 

First Year

FIRST SEMESTER HOURS SECOND SEMESTER HOURS
ASTR 199 CIA 1 PHYS 211 4
ASTR 122 3 MATH 231 3
MATH 220 or MATH 221 (MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.) 5 or 4 STAT 107, CS 101, or CS 124 4 or 3
RHET 105 (if UIN is even) or General Education Elective (if UIN is odd) 4 or 3 General Education Elective (if UIN is even) or RHET 105 (if UIN is odd) 3 or 4
PHYS 100 (if placed) 2    
LAS 101 1    
  14-16   14-15

Second Year

FIRST SEMESTER HOURS SECOND SEMESTER HOURS
ASTR 210 3 ASTR 310 3
PHYS 212 4 PHYS 213 & PHYS 214 4 (2 each)
MATH 241 4 General Education Elective 3
General Education Elective 3 General Education Elective 3
    Free Elective 3
  14   16

Third Year

FIRST SEMESTER HOURS SECOND SEMESTER HOURS
ASTR 404 3 ASTR 405 3
ASTR 496 RI 1 Advanced Elective 3
Advanced Elective 3 General Education Elective (ACP) 3
General Education Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3    
  16   15

Fourth Year

FIRST SEMESTER HOURS SECOND SEMESTER HOURS
ASTR 406 3 ASTR 414 4
Advanced Elective 3 Free Elective 4
Free Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3    
  15   14
Total Hours 120