Astrophysics Major and Minor

Astrophysics Major

Undergraduates wishing to major in astrophysics must complete the following courses in the Astronomy Department: 

Optional Astro 7A/7B
Python/IDL DeCal
Required (one of the following): Astro 120 (lab course)
Astro 121 (lab course)
Required (two of the following): Astro 160
Astro C161
Astro C162
Required (as needed) Upper division electives so that the total is 30 units for a single major and 24 units for a double major

Course List and Prerequisites

The following is a list of course prerequisites for the required courses.

Courses Required Prerequisites Recommended Prerequisites
Astro 7A* Physics 7A/B**
Math 1A/B
 
Astro 7B*

Physics 7A/B/C**
Math 1A/B

 
Astro 120

Physics 7A/B/C
Math 54**

Astro 7A/B
Python/IDL DeCal

Astro 121

Physics 7A/B/C
Math 54**
 

Astro 7A/B
Python/IDL DeCal
Physics 110A/B

Astro 160 Physics 112**
 
Astro 7A
Physics 137A
Astro C161 Physics 7A/B/C Astro 7B
Physics 112
Physics 137A/B
Astro C162 Physics 7A/B/C Astro 7A
Physics 112
Python/IDL DeCal* None  

* These courses are not required but strongly recommended for anyone considering the Astrophysics major. Please consult with the Undergraduate Adviser.
** Prerequisite Course can be taken concurrently.

Important Notes:

  • Astro 7A and 7B are recommended prerequisites for all upper division courses.
  • The 30 unit requirement (or 24 units for double majors with another major) is the sum of astronomy upper division courses and the electives.

Astrophysics Minor

Undergraduates wishing to minor in astrophysics must complete the following courses in the Astronomy Department:

Optional Astro 7A
Astro 7B
Required (two of the following):

Astro 120
Astro 121
Astro 160
Astro C161
Astro C162

Required (three of the following): Upper division electives

Notes:

  • Astro 7A and 7B are recommended for the minor, but are not required.
  • Lower-divison prerequisites must be satisfied (please see list on our Declaring the Major page).