All candidates for a degree in Applied Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the General Catalog.

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.

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

Major. A minimum of 36 upper division units in astronomy and physics to include Astronomy 320, 350, 440, 450, 498A, 498B; Physics 350, 354, 360, 400A; and nine units selected from Physics 311, 400B, 406, 410.

Minor in Mathematics. All candidates for the B.S. degree in astronomy must complete a minor in mathematics, to include Mathematics 342A, 342B, and three additional upper division units of electives in mathematics. Recommended: Mathematics 541, Statistics 551A.

A sample course program for the B.S. 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.  I-2  Composition  3
 G. E.  IIC  Humanities  3
 G. S.  100  University Seminar  1

 

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-3  Intermediate Composition  3
 G. E.  IIB  Social and Behavioral Science  3
 G. E.  IIC  Humanities  3

 

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.  IIB  Social and Behavioral Science  3
 G. E.  III  American Institutions  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.  IIC  Humanities  3
 G. E.  IIC  Humanities  3
 G. E.  III  American Institutions  3

 

Year 3

Fall Semester

Course # Title Units
 Math  342A  Methods of Applied Math I  3
 Phys  350  Classical Mechanics  3
 Phys  354  Modern Physics  3
 Astr/Phys  Elective  3
 G. E.  IV  Explorations  3

 

Spring Semester

Course # Title Units
 Astr  320  Solar System Astronomy  3
 Astr  350  Astronomical Techniques  3
 Math  342B  Methods of Applied Math II  3
 Phys  360  Thermal Physics  3
 G. E.  IV  Explorations  3

 

Year 4

Fall Semester

Course # Title Units
 Astr  440  Astrophysics of Stars  3
 Astr  498A  Senior Project  1
 Phys  400A  Classical Electromagnetism  3
 Math  Elective  3
 G. E.  IV  Explorations  3
 Elective  3

 

Spring Semester

Course # Title Units
 Astr  450  Astrophysics of Star Systems  3
 Astr  498B  Senior Project  2
 Astr/Phys  Elective  3
 Astr/Phys  Elective  3
 Elective  3
 Elective  3