Undergraduate Program in Astrophysics
Information on all the Physics and Astronomy
Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics: Astrophysics is the application of physics to the cosmos. Students
in this field explore questions concerning the nature, workings, origin, and evolution of the universe. Marketable skills
acquired by our majors include analytical thinking, problem-solving techniques, a fundamental understandingof the physicsal
universe, a strong foundation in mathematics, and a familiarity with technical scientific equipment and computing.
Preparation for the Major in Astrophysics:
Physics 1A or 1AH, 1B or 1BH, 1C or 1CH, 4AL, 4BL, 17, 18L
Astronomy 81, 82*
Math 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B
Program In Computing 10A
*Systematic study of astrophysics should begin with Astronomy 81 and Astronomy 82 to be taken in the second year.
(Total: 63 units)
Recommended courses: Astronomy 3, Chemistry 20A.
The Major in Astrophysics
Physics 105A, 105B, 110A, 110B, 115A, 115B, 115C, 131
Astronomy 115, 117, 127, 140, 180
(Total: 52 units)
Recommended courses: Physics 108, M122,140A, 140B, 124, 132.
No course intended to satisfy a requirement for the pre-major or major may be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. A 2.0
average overall is required in all the above courses for completion of the degree.
Please see the College of Letters & Science Counseling Unit (A-316 Murphy Hall) for information regarding GEs, Upper
Division units and all other university requirements. For all questions regarding the Astrophysics major or Physics and
Astronomy Departmental questions, contact Françoise Queval
Affairs Officer, 1-707A PAB, 310-825-2453; Mary Tran
, Student Affairs
Officer, 1-707D PAB, 310-206-1447.