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


​​​Astrophysics is a discipline that applies the laws of physics and chemistry in order to understand the universe and our place in it. Astrophysicists study how the universe began, how galaxies, stars and planets form and evolve, and how environments that are conducive to life develop.  The Astrophysics program curriculum focuses on scientific investigation, data-handling, and research opportunities to give you hands-on experience in the field. You will work with faculty members on research projects which may result in your work being published in journals. In addition to courses that are shared with physics majors in the standard concentration, you are required to take courses in Star Formation, Stellar Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Astronomical Data Analysis. Because many areas of astrophysics, such as astrobiology, astrochemistry and computational astrophysics are inherently interdisciplinary, the astrophysics major also requires three courses in an allied field such as biology, chemistry or computer science that will strengthen your future career prospects.