Declaring the Astrophysics Major

Courses to Complete Before Declaring

The lower-division requirements for declaring either the Astrophysics major or minor are:

  • Math 1A/1B
  • Math 53/54*
  • Physics 7A/B/C or Physics 5A, 5B/5BL, 5C/5CL

* Please note: Physics 89 is a requirement for the physics major (replaces Math 54). Therefore, students who are planning a double major or a minor with Astrophysics and Physics are required to complete Physics 89 in lieu of Math 54.  We highly recommend that transfer students who are considering a double major with physics, take Phys 89 during the summer before they start at Berkeley (if possible based on your conditions of admission - please check with your admissions advisor).   If you have taken a Math 54 equivalent before transferring into Berkeley, you may take Phys 89 pass/no pass.  

Steps to Officially Declare

Once you have decided to declare the Astrophysics major and have completed the courses listed above you will need to do the following (please note that this is a brief overview and full major declaration info can be found on the L&S Advising Website):

Declaring as Single Major

To declare as a single major, print and complete the Major Declaration form. Bring this form to Amber Banayat (abanayat@berkeley.edu) in 501E Campbell Hall, for approval signature. You may also wish to schedule a meeting with Amber to review course plans and requirements.

Declaring as Double/Triple Major

To declare Astrophysics as part of a double/triple major, print and complete the Double Major Declaration Form. Advisers in both major departments must sign the form; the Astronomy adviser, Amber Banayat (abanayat@berkeley.edu) is located in 501E Campbell Hall. (Currently the form only has space to list two majors; if you are declaring three majors make sure you still write in the third.)

After obtaining signatures from each adviser you are required to schedule a 30-minute meeting with an L&S College adviser to review your plans; make sure to take the completed and signed Double Major Declaration form with you to your meeting. We suggest scheduling this meeting ahead of time to expedite the process, as meeting slots tend to fill up quickly and same-day meetings are hard to schedule.

College of Letters and Sciences (L&S)

Please visit the College of L&S Homepage for contact information and more information pertaining to the declaration of majors and advising.

Declaring the Astrophysics Minor

After completing the required courses (or during the completion of the final required course) for the minor please fill out the Completion of L&S Minor form and the Major/Minor Overlap form (included in the previous linked document). You will need to meet with Amber Banayat to review the forms and course completion.