Undergraduate Program

BA in Physics and Astronomy

The BA program is perfect for students looking for a broad overview and the flexibility to double major. Students preparing for graduate school in physics or a related field should consider the more intensive BS program.

Four Year Worksheet: Bachelor of Arts in Physics & Astronomy

Pre-Concentration Requirements

Before starting with the requirements for the BA degree, each student must also complete the following pre-concentration requirements:

One of the following calculus sequences:

Three introductory physics courses*:

*PHY 141, 142, and 143 are also acceptable.

We also strongly recommend that all students take AST 111: Elementary Astronomy I freshmen year, and AST 142: Elementary Astrophysics sophomore year.  

Concentration Requirements

Two of the following: 

*At least one must be AST 241 or 242.

Three other 200-level physics or astronomy courses, two of which must be from the following: 

Two additional 200-level technical courses in:

*Some engineering courses at the 100 level may also be acceptable, with prior approval from the undergraduate physics advisor.

At least a 2.0 (C) average in astronomy, physics and mathematics courses must be maintained. Courses must be approved by the undergraduate astronomy advisor.

Note: Equivalent graduate-level courses may be substituted when appropriate.