Computer Science and Astronomy

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Computer Science and Astronomy

Please see the computer science advisor as well as the astronomy advisor.

Computer Science email:
Astronomy email:

Minimum required major coursework normally equates to 66 hours.

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

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office by the beginning of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see the computer science advisor as well as the astronomy advisor.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Required Computer Science Coursework
CS 100Freshman Orientation (recommended) 10-1
CS 125Intro to Computer Science4
CS 126Software Design Studio3
CS 173Discrete Structures3
CS 225Data Structures4
CS 233Computer Architecture4
CS 241System Programming4
Choose one of the following:3
Statistical Analysis
Probability & Statistics for Computer Science
CS 374Introduction to Algorithms & Models of Computation4
CS 421Programming Languages & Compilers3
Mathematics (may also fulfill the General Education Quantitative Reasoning I and II requirements)
MATH 221Calculus I4-5
or MATH 220 Calculus
MATH 225Introductory Matrix Theory2
MATH 231Calculus II3
Required Astronomy Coursework - Minimum of 24 Hours
Physics and Mathematics Courses 2
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
MATH 241Calculus III4
Intermediate and Advanced Astronomy Courses12
Select 12 hours from the following. Taking one of the computation-intensive ASTR 496 Seminar in Astronomy sections is strongly recommended
Extraterrestrial Life
The Big Bang, Black Holes, and the End of the Universe
Individual Study
Stellar Astrophysics
Planetary Systems
Galaxies and the Universe
Astronomical Techniques
Seminar in Astronomy (check with advisor for appropriate topics)