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.
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:
- MTH 161, 162, 164, and 165
- MTH 171, 172, 173, and 174
Three introductory physics courses*:
- PHY 121: Mechanics or PHY 141: Mechanics (Honors)
- PHY 122: Electricity and Magnetism or PHY 142: Electricity and Magetism (Honors)
- PHY 123: Waves and Modern Physics or PHY 143: Waved and Modern Physics (Honors)
*PHY 141, 142, and 143 are encouraged for Physics and Astronomy majors
We also strongly recommend that all students take AST 111: The Solar System and It's Origins during the first year, and AST 142: Elementary Astrophysics (Honors) sophomore year.
Two of the following:
- PHY 231: Gravitation and General Relativity
- AST 232: The Milky Way Galaxy
- AST 233: Astrodynamics
- AST 241: Stellar Astrophysics
- AST 242: Galaxies & Cosmology
- AST 243: Astrofluid Dynamics
- AST 244W: Observational Astronomy
- AST 265: Physics of Planetary Interiors
Three other 200-level physics or astronomy courses, two of which must be from the following:
- PHY 217: Electricity and Magnetism I
- PHY 227: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
- PHY 235W: Classical Mechanics
- PHY 237: Quantum Mechanics of Physical Systems
Two additional 200-level technical courses in:
- Another science or engineering
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: As a general rule, graduate-level courses cannot be substituted for undergraduate core requirements. Well-prepared students can however consider taking graduate courses for which they are well prepared, as electives. Specific questions can be addressed to the Physics, or Physics and Astronomy major advisor.