Astronomy, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Astronomy

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department faculty: Astronomy Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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The Department of Astronomy also offers a BSLAS in Computer Science & Astronomy

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Astronomy

Departmental distinction:  A student majoring in astronomy may earn distinction or high distinction by attaining a minimum grade point average of 3.4 or 3.75, respectively, in required major courses (defined in the table below) taken at UIUC. For highest distinction, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements for high distinction, a senior thesis (ASTR 490) must be completed with strong endorsement by the research supervisor.  Questions about eligibility for distinction status should be directed to an astronomy advisor before the senior year.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum required major and supporting course work: Normally equates to 47-48 hours. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

Astronomy Core
ASTR 210Introduction to Astrophysics 13
Select three of the following:9-10
Stellar Astrophysics
Planetary Systems
Galaxies and the Universe
Astronomical Techniques
Select at least 12 hours of 300- or 400-level ASTR or PHYS courses 2, 312
Supporting Technical Courses
University Physics: Mechanics
University Physics: Elec & Mag
Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
Univ Physics: Quantum Physics
Calculus I 4
Calculus II
Calculus III