Physics B.S. Concentration in Astrophysics

Major department advisors answered a few questions to assist you with your first-semester class selection. 

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? The key to success in any of our majors is to start as early as possible. The course structure is hierarchical, and upper division courses are taught once per year or, in some cases, every other year. Timing is critical.
When should I first meet with my major department? Any time is a good time, but the sooner the better.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Students are assigned to major advisors by the department’s academic office coordinator, who will give students the email address of the advisor. Email is the best method to contact the major advisor.
Where can I find information about major advising? In progress. ETA Summer 2017.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Not applicable.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? If the class is full, students should contact their major advisors. Major advisors will discuss the situation with the department chair, who will do what he/she can to make seats available.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?  

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? Not all courses are offered every semester, so it depends on whether they enter in Spring or Fall. If Fall, then courses are ASTR 300, PHYS 320, 330 and 385. If Spring, then courses are ASTR 340 and PHYS 360, 370.
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? Key prerequisites are PHYS 220, 230, 240 and either MATH 245 or MATH 376. The MATH courses can be taken concurrently with PHYS 330 and 385, but the MATH courses must be taken before PHYS 360.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Prerequisites are not currently checked by the enrollment system, but this may be changing in the next year or two.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? This is in progress and should be completed this summer.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major? The starting point for all of our majors is PHYS 220, which has a prerequisite (MATH 226, C or better) and a corequisite (PHYS 222). Students who have NOT taken MATH 226 or the equivalent at another college (or scored 4 or 5 on the Calculus-AB AP exam) should take MATH 226 in their first semester, followed by PHYS 220 and PHYS 222 in their second semester. All others take PHYS 220/222 in their first semester.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

There is a readiness test for MATH 226.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? MATH 226 requirement satisfied by AP Calculus-AB with score of 4 or 5.

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