Astronomy & Physics (A&P) majors gain broad knowledge of the principles of astronomy and physics, including planets in the solar system, stars and star formation, the nature of the interstellar medium, galaxies and cosmology, classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, and mathematical methods of physics. A&P students learn to communicate astronomical information effectively to a range of audiences using a variety of media. They learn to think critically and evaluate, interpret, and solve problems related to astronomy, physics, and general scientific topics.

The A&P major is a joint program of the departments of Astronomy and Physics, and is a pathway to research-oriented careers. It prepares students for either immediate workforce entry or graduate-level study in astronomy or related sciences. Students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in astronomy or astrophysics are advised to choose this major.