College of Science and Health > Academics > Physics and Astrophysics > Undergraduate > Astrophysics (BS)


​Astrophysics leverages the availability of courses taken by physics majors in the standard concentration and derives its unique identity from four astrophysics-specific courses that students will be required to take including Star Formation, Stellar Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Astronomical Data Analysis.)  The major also requires three courses in an allied field, with the understanding that a sequence in biology, chemistry, or computer science strengthens the future prospects of students majoring in astrophysics.  Astrobiology is increasingly an area of great interest within the discipline, astrochemistry has been pursued for several years now, and most modern telescopes and observatories hire a significant number of personnel with computer backgrounds to develop and deploy software on their telescopes, not only to control hardware but also to process and analyze data.