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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 21, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Astronomy - Science Breadth Concentration, BA

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Astronomy Major Requirements

The BA in Astronomy requires 39 credits of course work as follows.


  • Grade requirements: A minimum GPA of 2.0 in departmental courses is required for graduation.
  • Satisfactory/No Credit option: No PHYS or ASTRON courses beyond the introductory level may be taken on an S/NC basis.
  • Writing requirement: Students must complete at least one W-course in the major.
  • Related area: Mathematics satisfies the related area requirement for the Astronomy major.

Introductory Astronomy course


* GEOL 1701 - GEOLOGY OF THE PLANETS  may be substituted


* Some of these courses have prerequisites

** If this course is taken as a science elective, it cannot be used to satisfy the requirement for nine credits of intermediate and advanced courses.

Course in the history and philosophy of science or science policy/management

Choose at least three credits

Science Breadth concentration

This concentration provides broader exposure to other sciences in comparison to the standard Astronomy BA, while going into greater depth in physics and astronomy than a more generic natural science major. With proper selection of courses, this concentration provides the necessary requirements to apply for admission to medical school while roughly matching the credit requirements of the Astronomy BA.

Reduced physics requirements


* PHYS 0481  is required for the Physics minor

Reduced writing requirements

The three credit writing or communication requirement is waived for students pursuing this concentration.

Added science electives

Choose one of the three tracks totaling at least six credits

Track 3

  • Two advanced courses in Biological Sciences (BIOSC), Bioengineering (BIOE), Chemistry (CHEM), Computer Science (CS), or Geology (GEOL).

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