All candidates for a degree in Applied Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the General Catalog.  No more than 48 units in Astronomy can apply to the degree. A minor is not required with this major.

Preparation for the Major. Astronomy 201; Mathematics 150, 151, 252; Physics 195, 195L, 196, 196L, 197, 197L. (28 units)

Recommended: Chemistry 200, Computer Science 106 or 107.

Foreign Language Requirement.  Competency (equivalent to that which is normally attained through three consecutive semesters of college study) is required in one foreign language as part of the preparation for the major. Refer to the section of the General Catalog on “Graduation Requirements”.

Upper Division Writing Requirement. Passing the University’s Writing Proficiency Assessment with a score of 10 or above, or completing one or the approved writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Major. A minimum of 27 upper division units in astronomy and physics to include Astronomy 320, 350, 440, 450; Mathematics 342A; Physics 350, 354; and six units selected with the approval of the astronomy undergraduate adviser. Recommended: Physics 360, 400A, 406.

A sample course program for the B.A. degree is as follows:

Year 1

Fall Semester

Course # Title Units
Math 150 Calculus I  5
 G. E.  I-1  Oral Communication  3
 G. E.  IIC  Humanities  3
 G. S.  100  University Seminar  1
 Foreign Language  (5)

 

Spring Semester

Course # Title Units
Phys 195 Principles of Physics  3
 Phys 195L  Principles of Physics Lab  1
 Math  151  Calculus II  4
 G. E.  I-2  Written Communication  3
 Foreign Language  (5)

 

Year 2

Fall Semester

Course # Title Units
 G. E.  IIA  Life Science  3
 Math  252  Calculus III  4
 Phys  196  Principles of Physics  3
 Phys  196L  Principles of Physics Lab  1
 G. E.  I-3  Written Communication  3

 

Spring Semester

Course # Title Units
 Phys  197  Principles of Physics  3
 Phys  197L  Principles of Physics Lab  1
 Astr  201  Astronomy for Science Majors  3
 G. E.  IIB  Social and Behavioral Science  3
 G. E.  IIC  Humanities  3
 Foreign Language  (3)

 

Year 3

Fall Semester

Course # Title Units
 Math  342A  Methods of Applied Math I  3
 Phys  350  Classical Mechanics  3
 G. E.  IIB  Social and Behavioral Science  3
 G. E.  IIC  Humanities  3
 G. E.  III  American Institutions  3

 

Spring Semester

Course # Title Units
 Astr  320  Solar System Astronomy  3
 Astr  350  Astronomical Techniques  3
 G. E.  IIC  Humanities  3
 G. E.  III  American Institutions  3
 G. E.  IV  Explorations  3

 

Year 4

Fall Semester

Course # Title Units
 Astr  440  Astrophysics of Stars  3
 Phys  354  Modern Physics  3
 Astr/Phys  Elective  3
 G. E.  IV  Explorations  3
 Elective  3
 Elective  1

 

Spring Semester

Course # Title Units
 Astr  450  Astrophysics of Solar Systems  3
 Astr/Phys  Elective  3
 G. E.  IV  Explorations  3
 Elective  3
 Elective  3