Department of Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy

The B.A. in Astronomy consists of 33 hours of required astronomy and physics courses in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, 8 hours of Calculus, and at least 10 additional hours in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, chosen with the advisor's approval. This program is intended to provide the combination of fundamental physics, together with both general and advanced astronomy, required for a career in astronomy or a related area. It also has the flexibility required by students who wish to pursue interdisciplinary studies, or prepare for careers in teaching or other professions requiring a fundamental understanding of the physical sciences.

The sequence of courses shown below is a typical one for an astronomy major, but many other course selections are possible. In particular a student who begins with a good math background might take calculus in the freshman year, and PHYS 2130-2140 instead of PHYS 2070-2080-2100. The student must also satisfy all the degree requirements of the University Core and the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. The official degree requirements are published in the Catalog of the University of Toledo.

Suggested Sample Curriculum

  • Freshman Year:
    • Fall Semester
      • ASTR 2010 Solar System Astronomy (3) 
      • ENGL 1110 Composition I (3) 
      • ARS 1000 Orientation (1) 
      • Foreign language (4) 
      • Free Elective (3)
    • Spring Semester
      • ASTR 2020 Stars, Galaxies, and Universe (3)
      • ASTR 2050 Laboratory (1)
      • ENGL 1130-1230 Composition II (3)
      • Foreign language (4)
      • Free elective (4)
  • Sophomore Year
    • Fall Semester
      • PHYS 2070 General Physics I (5)
      • ASTR 2320 Life in  the Universe (3)
      • Math 1850 Single Variable Calculus I (4)
      • Foreign language (3)
    • Spring Semester:
      • PHYS 2080 General Physics II (5)
      • ASTR 2340 New Frontiers in Astronomy (3)
      • MATH 1860 Single Variable Calculus II  (4)
      • Foreign language (3)
  • Junior Year:
    • Fall Semester
      • PHYS 3310 Quantum Physics I (3)
      • PHYS 2100 Physics with Calculus (2)
      • Approved Natural Science or Math elective (5)
      • Social Science requirement (3)
      • Fine Arts requirement (3)
    • Spring Semester
      • PHYS 3320 Quantum Physics II (3)
      • PHYS 3180  Intermediate Lab (2)
      • Approved Natural Science or Math elective (5)
      • History requirement (3)
      • Social Science requirement (3)
  • Senior Year:
    • Fall Semester
      • PHYS 3610 Optics and Lasers (3)
      • ASTR 4810 Astrophysics I (3)
      • ASTR 4880 Astrophysics Laboratory (3)
      • Humanities requirement (3)
      • Free Electives (5)
    • Spring Semester
      • ASTR 4820 Astrophysics II (3)
      • ASTR 4800 Astron. in the Planetarium (3)
      • Humanities requirement (3)
      • Social Science requirement (3)
      • Literature requirement (3)
Last Updated: 3/24/15