Undergraduate Program in Astrophysics

Information on all the Physics and Astronomy undergraduate programs.

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:
Required courses:
  • 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
Required courses: 
  • 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 Fran├žoise Queval, Student Affairs Officer, 1-707A PAB, 310-825-2453; Mary Tran, Student Affairs Officer, 1-707D PAB, 310-206-1447.