Astrophysics (modern astronomy) is the application of physics and mathematics to the study of the universe.
For students interested in attending graduate school in astronomy, a thorough grounding in mathematics and physics is essential. To meet the needs of such students, the Astronomy and Physics departments jointly offer an Astrophysics Major consisting of the complete physics major plus four astronomy subjects. One of the upper-level astronomy subjects can be replaced by a Senior Thesis in either Physics or Astronomy.
- Astronomy: Any 100-level course in ASTR w/lab, 206, and any two additional upper-level courses in ASTR or ASPH, one of which must be at the 300-level.
- Physics: PHYS 107, 108, 202, 207, 216, 302, 305, 310, 314
- Mathematics: MATH 215
Typical schedule of courses
Students intending to major in astrophysics may consult this chart to determine the sequence of physics courses. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to take:
- First year: an introductory course in astronomy (normally ASTR 101 with lab; alternatively, one can take ASTR 100 with lab or ASTR 210).
- Fall of sophomore or junior year: ASTR 206 on astronomical techniques.
- Spring of sophomore or junior year: any 200-level course (e.g., ASTR 202, 203, 210, or 220).
- Fall of junior or senior year: ASTR 303 or ASTR 311.