Declaring the Astrophysics Major or Minor
Lower Division Courses to Complete Before Declaring
The lower-division requirements for declaring the Astrophysics major or minor are:
- Math 1A/1B
- Math 53/54*
- Physics 7A/B/C or Physics 5A, 5B/5BL, 5C/5CL
The lower-division courses highly recommended but not required are:
- Astro 7A & Astro 7B
- Astro 98 (Python DeCal)
- or Data 8 CS 61A/Physics 77/Physics 88
All required prerequisites need to be taken for a letter grade, with a minimum GPA of 2.0. We require a C- or better in all our lower prerequisite classes.
* 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.
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:
Declaring as Single Major
To declare as a single major, please make an appointment with Brianna Franklin through CalCentral to review course plans and requirements.
Declaring as Double/Triple Major
To declare Astrophysics as part of a double/triple major, make an appointment with Brianna Franklin through Calcentral and complete the Double Major Declaration Form. Advisors in both major departments must sign the form.
After obtaining signatures from each advisor, you are required to send the petition to firstname.lastname@example.org to review your plans.
Declaring the Astrophysics Minor
After completing the required lower division courses, fill out the Completion of L&S Minor form and make an appointment with Brianna Franklin through CalCentral to review course plans and requirements.
Brianna Franklin, the Department of Astronomy’s Undergraduate Advisor, is available to answer your questions about the Astrophysics major and other undergraduate matters. Make an appointment if you are ready to declare!
Office: 501 Campbell Hall
Advising: Please use CalCentral to make an appointment with Brianna!
Prospective and current students! Find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions here: FAQs
Still have questions? Reach out to undergraduate advisor, Brianna Franklin, at email@example.com