Astrophysics BS

Major Details

Most of the curriculum is identical to that of the standard physics major and includes courses in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermal physics and quantum physics. In addition, the student is expected to take the introductory course in astronomy and lab, a course in advanced topics in astronomy (generally in the second or third year) and courses in astrophysics in the senior year. The entire degree is expected to take four years to complete.

The UC College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) offers flexible degree requirements that allow for and highly encourage multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • Biological sciences 
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematical sciences


This curriculum information is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this program. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for planning with an academic or faculty advisor.

If you are currently confirmed or enrolled, you can check your degree requirements online. If you are considering transferring to this major from another school, use to see how credits you have earned will transfer to UC. See course descriptions by college.

Curriculum Guide Versions: Astrophyics (BS) Curriculum Guide
Program Guide: Astrophysics (BS) Program Guide