Bachelor of Arts with a major in Astronomy

This program is intended to provide students with foundational knowledge in astronomy, including contemporary developments such as the problems of dark matter and dark energy in the universe. Students graduating with a B.A. in astronomy will have strong scientific preparation for entry-level jobs or advanced degree programs in a broad spectrum of disciplines including business, education, law, and social and physical sciences. Students can prepare for graduate studies in astronomy and astrophysics under the B.A. program in astronomy, with chemistry and physics electives, or under the B.S. program in physics with a minor in astronomy.


Degree Requirements

Students must complete the following course work:

  • AST 2010 and 2011, PHY 2170 (or 2130), 2171 (or 2131), 2180 (or 2140), 2181 (or 2141), 3300, and 3310.
  • MAT 2010, 2020, 2030, and 2150.

An additional 19 credits in the physical sciences which must include AST 4100, 4200, 4300, 5010, and 5100. Additional courses must be approved by the astronomy program advisor and may include CHM 1220, 1230, (2220/2230 or 2280/2290), and 5160; PHY 3700, 5100, 5200, 5210, 5340, 5341 and 5620; HIS 5407; or other 5000 or 6000 level courses.

Students must also satisfy all University and College group and competency requirements as well as the University General Education requirements.


Click here for the Astronomy Suggested Course Sequence.