Astrophysics, BSLAS

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

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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 Astrophysics

Departmental distinction: A student majoring in astrophysics 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 65 hours. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Core Requirements17
Introduction to Astrophysics
University Physics: Mechanics
University Physics: Elec & Mag
Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
Univ Physics: Quantum Physics
Relativity & Math Applications
Advanced Astronomy15
Computing in Astronomy (CS 100 is recommended as a prerequisite but not required)
Select three of the following four courses:
Stellar Astrophysics
Planetary Systems
Galaxies and the Universe
Astronomical Techniques
At least 3 additional hours of approved 300- or 400-level ASTR courses.
Excluded courses: ASTR 330, ASTR 350, and ASTR 390.
Advanced Physics12
Classical Mechanics I
Electromagnetic Fields I
At least 6 additional hours of approved 300- or 400-level PHYS courses
Recommended courses include: PHYS 326, PHYS 401, PHYS 402, PHYS 404, PHYS 427, PHYS 436, PHYS 470, and PHYS 486.
Excluded courses: PHYS 398, PHYS 419, PHYS 420, PHYS 495 and PHYS 497.
Advanced Laboratory Techniques3
At least one course taken for the Advanced Requirements must be from the following courses:
Astronomical Techniques
Classical Physics Lab
Electronic Circuits
Supporting Technical Courses18
Calculus (Students with previous calculus experience should consider MATH 221)
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Intro Differential Equations
Intro to Differential Eq Plus
Applied Linear Algebra