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Bachelor of Science

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Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://cos.arizona.edu/content/astronomy-steward-observatory
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
MATH - Calculus I 3
MATH 122B 4
ASTR 196 - Astro Major Seminar 1
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
PHYS 141/161H - Intro Mechanics 4
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
MATH 129 - Calculus II 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
Second Language 4
PHYS 142/162H - Intro Thermo & Optics 4
ASTR 250 - Fundamentals of Astronomy 3
MATH 223 - Vector Calulus 4
4th Semester
MATH 254 - Differential Equations 3
PHYS 241/261H - Intro to Electricity & Magnetism 4
PHYS 242/263H - Intro to Relativity & Quantum 3
Second Language 4
ASTR 296A - Research Seminar (odd years) 1
5th Semester
Elective 3
PHYS 321 - Theoretical Mechanics 3
Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
ASTR 300A - Astrophysics I: Mechanics 3
6th Semester
ASTR 302 - Observational Astronomy 3
PHYS 371 - Quantum Theory I 3
Upper Division Independent Study 3
PHYS 331 - Electricity & Magnetism I 3
ASTR 300B - Astrophysics II: Radiation & Matter 3
7th Semester
PHYS 305 - Computational Physics 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
Elective 4
ASTR 400A - Theoretical Astrophysics I: Stellar 3
8th Semester
PHYS 426 - Thermal Physics 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
ASTR 400B - Theoretical Astrophysics I: Galaxies/Exgal 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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