The Astronomy & Astrophysics concentration covers basic astronomy and astrophysics, stellar and galactic structure, high-energy astrophysics, general relativity and cosmology. Graduates who complete this concentration find work in all aspects of astrophysics from low-level atmospheric physics, to solar physics and the Sun-Earth system, to the mysteries of dark matter and cosmology. With laboratory experience and exposure to electronics, students may also find work supporting astronomical guidance and control systems on terrestrial and space-borne platforms.

Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • All students are encouraged to see an advisor after completion of 24 credits.
  • Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics Concentration, BS degree requires 128 credit hours.
  • 39 of 128 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher (39 credits includes courses taken at the 300+ level in major, minor (if chosen), Pre-professional area and electives).
  • 12 credit hours of 300 level and above must be taken in the major or 6 credit hours in the major and 6 credit hours in the minor (if chosen).
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • Unless otherwise noted a C- or better is required for all College of Science prerequisite courses.
  • No more than 64 credit hours from a two-year college can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
Degree Requirements

Charger Foundations Requirements
*Please see Area V for CoS requirements that can also be used to fulfill Charger Foundations Requirements.

Area I: Freshman Composition3-6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING I W/STUDIO
COLLEGE WRITING II
ACCELERATED COLLEGE WRITING
HONORS ENGLISH SEMINAR
Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts*12
Fine Arts3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature3-6
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2
MYTHOLOGY
Humanities and Fine Arts3-6
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Area III: Mathematics and Sciences11-12
Mathematics3-4
NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences (Lab)8
SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
GENERAL, ORGANIC, BIOCHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
WEATHER, CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHNG
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
Area IV: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences*12
History3-6
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences6-9
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO TO CRIMINOLOGY
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

* Take either 1 EH (Area II) + 2 HY (Area IV) <OR> 2 EH (Area II) + 1 HY (Area IV). Take no more than six hours in a single discipline in Area II or Area IV. 

Area V: Pre Professional Requirements

Courses in this area may also fulfill Charger Foundations requirements
Communications3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Chemistry sequence8
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
Mathematics 218
CALCULUS A
CALCULUS B
CALCULUS C
APPL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
INTRO TO LINEAR ALGEBRA
Computer Science3
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
INTRO TO CS USING PYTHON
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING
Additional Science or Engineering course: Choose one3-4
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
and ASTRONOMY LABORATORY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
and LABORATORY
and RECITATION
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
COMPUTER SCIENCE I
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
and LABORATORY
WEATHER, CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHNG
and LABORATORY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
ELEMENTS OF STATISTICAL ANALYS
Higher level math course
Engineering course

Major Requirements 

Physics Core28
FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
SPECIAL RELATIVITY
INTERMEDIATE MECHANICS
MATH METHODS IN PHYSICS
INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS
PHYSICS PRACTICUM
Astronomy and Astrophysics concentration courses17
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
and ASTRONOMY LABORATORY
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
and GEN ASTRONOMY II LAB
INTRO TO ASTROPHYSICS
ASTROPHYSICS
PH/OPT/AST 300+ level or higher course
Elective Requirements
Elective Courses17-18
Additional Elective courses 100+ level to reach 128 credit hours. Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credits of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.

Overall Requirements 

All College of Science degrees must have at least 128 credits.
At least 39 of the 128 credits must be at the 300+ level. These may be taken in any area including electives.
Total Semester Hours128
Sample Four-Year plan for Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics Concentration, BS degree:

Note: This is only an example and variations are possible.

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
FYE 101SCHARGER SUCCESS - SCIENCE 1
PH 110FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE 3
AST 106
106L
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
and ASTRONOMY LABORATORY
4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
PH 111
PH 114
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
4
AST 107
107L
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
and GEN ASTRONOMY II LAB
4
MA 172CALCULUS B 4
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
Elective  2
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Year 2
Fall
PH 112
PH 115
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
MA 201CALCULUS C 4
MA 244INTRO TO LINEAR ALGEBRA 3
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Fine Art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
PH 113
PH 116
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
4
PH 251SPECIAL RELATIVITY 1
MA 238APPL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3
Social and Behavioral science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Humanities, 2nd Fine Art or 2nd Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  2
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 3
Fall
PH 351INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS 3
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
CS 102INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 3
  or CS 104  or INTRO TO CS USING PYTHON 
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
Social and Behavioral science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
PH 301INTERMEDIATE MECHANICS 3
PH 305MATH METHODS IN PHYSICS 3
AST 371INTRO TO ASTROPHYSICS 3
CH 123
CH 126
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
4
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 4
Fall
AST 471ASTROPHYSICS 3
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 3
PH/OPT/AST 300+ level or higher course  3
2nd History or 3rd Social and Behavioral science  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective 300+ level or higher course  3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
PH 499PHYSICS PRACTICUM 3
Elective 300+ level or higher course  3
Elective 300+ level or higher course  3
Elective 300+ level or higher course  3
Elective 300+ level or higher course  3
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
 Total Semester Hours: 128