Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Astronomy/Planetary Sciences

A course planning guide for this major may be found  hereThe major course planning guides are not part of the official Undergraduate Bulletin, and are only updated periodically for use as an advising tool. The Undergraduate Bulletin supersedes any errors or omissions in the major course planning guides.

FRESHMAN

FALL Credits
First Year Seminar 101 1
WRT 101 3
AST 100 1
PHY 131/PHY 133 or PHY 141/PHY 133 4
MAT 131 or MAT 141 4
SBC  3
Total  16
 
SPRING Credits
First Year Seminar 102 1
WRT 102 3
PHY 132/PHY 134 or PHY 142/PHY 134 4
MAT 132 or MAT 142 4
SBC  3
SBC  3
 Total  18
 
SOPHOMORE

FALL Credits
PHY 251/PHY 252 4
MAT 203 or MAT 307 or AMS 261   3-4
AST 205  3
PHY 277  3
Upper-division SBC  3
 Total  16-17
 
SPRING Credits
PHY 306  3
MAT 303 or MAT 308 or AMS 361   3-4 
AST 200 1
AST 203   4
Upper-division SBC  3
 Total  14-15
 
JUNIOR

FALL Credits
AST 341 or AST 443*  3-4
MAT elective  3
PHY 301  3
PHY 303  3
SBC  3
 Total  15-16
 
SPRING Credits
AST 347 or AST 346*  3 
PHY 308  3
PHY 300  3
Upper-division elective  3
SBC  3
 Total  15
 
SENIOR

FALL Credits
AST 443 or AST 341* 3-4
Upper-division SBC
SBC
SBC
SBC 3
 Total 15-16
 
SPRING Credits
AST 346 or AST 347* 3
Upper-division SBC 3
Upper-division Elective 3
SBC  3 
SBC  3
 Total 15 

 *AST 341 and AST 443 are offered in alternate fall semesters. AST 346 and AST 347 are offered in alternate spring semesters.