Course Requirements for Astronomy Department Degree Concentrations

“Courses taken to satisfy concentration requirements must receive a grade of at least C.”  CAS Bulletin.

Concentration in Astronomy:

(15 courses)

Required Astronomy Courses: AS 202, 203, 311, 312, 441.

Required Physics Courses: PY 211, 212, 313 (or 251, 252, 351).

Required Calculus Courses: MA 123, 124, 225*.

Required Additional Courses: 4 additional courses from AS 413, 414, 491 or 492 (but not both); PY 355, 405, 408, 410, 451.

Concentration in Astronomy and Physics:

(15 courses plus 4 prerequisite courses)

Prerequisite Courses: AS 202, 203; PY 251, 252 (or 211, 212).

Required Astronomy Courses: AS 311, 312, 441 (or PY581).

Required Physics Courses: PY 351 (or 313), 355, 405, 406, 408, 410, 451.

Required Calculus Courses: MA 123, 124, 225*.

Required Additional Courses: 2 additional courses from AS 413, 414; PY 452.

Concentration in Geophysics and Planetary Science:

(16 courses)

Required Astronomy Courses: AS 202, 311.

Required Earth Science Courses: ES 1xx (or  GE 104), 360.

Required Chemistry Course: CH 101 or 131.

Required Physics Courses: PY 211, 212 (or 251, 252), 355, 405 or 408.

Required Calculus Courses: MA 123, 124, 225*.

Required Additional Courses: 4 additional courses from AS 312, 414, 441; ES 222, 301, 371, 483, 505, 581; GE302, 310, 312; PY 313 or 351, 405 or 408, 410. Additional courses can not be all from the same department and must include 1 at the 400-level

* Three math courses are required. If students skip MA123 and begin with MA124 without AP credit for MA123, they must take a more advanced Math course.

There are many ways to fit these courses into a four-year undergraduate program. However example programs for the astronomy concentrations that can be followed by entering freshmen are provided here. These example programs assume that the student enters with no AP or other college credit, or no existing skill in a foreign language, a rare occurrence at Boston University.