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 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#TitleUnits
Math150Calculus I5
G. E. Written Communication3
G. E. Social and Behavioral Science3
G. E.Social and Behavioral Science/
American Institutions
3
G. E.Lifelong Learning and Self-Development3

Spring Semester

Course#TitleUnits
Phys195Principles of Physics3
Phys195LPrinciples of Physics Lab1
Math151Calculus II4
G. E.Critical Thinking3
G. E. Oral Communication3
G. E.Arts and Humanities3

Year 2

Fall Semester

Course#TitleUnits
Math252Calculus III4
Phys196Principles of Physics3
Phys 196LPrinciples of Physics Lab1
G. E.Social and Behavioral Science/
American Institutions
3
G. E.Arts and Humanities3

Spring Semester

Course#TitleUnits
Phys197Principles of Physics3
Phys197LPrinciples of Physics Lab1
Astr201Astronomy for Science Majors3
G. E.Life Science3
G. E.Arts and Humanities3
Elective3

Year 3

Fall Semester

Course#TitleUnits
Math342AMethods of Applied Math I3
Phys350Classical Mechanics3
Phys354Modern Physics3
Astr450Astrophysics of Star Systems3
G. E.Upper Division Writing3

Spring Semester

Course#TitleUnits
Astr350Astronomical Techniques3
Astr/PhysElective3
Math342BMethods of Applied Math II3
Phys360Thermal Physics3
G. E.IVExplorations3

Year 4

Fall Semester

Course#TitleUnits
Astr440Astrophysics of Stars3
Astr498ASenior Project1
Phys400AClassical Electromagnetism3
MathElective3
G. E.IVExplorations3

Spring Semester

Course#TitleUnits
Astr498BSenior Project2
Astr/PhysElective3
Astr/PhysElective3
Astr/PhysElective3
Astr/PhysElective3