Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy
Major in Astrophysics
The Astrophysics Major, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, provides a thorough introduction to
the subject. It is suitable for those with an interest in astronomy who aspire to a career in astronomy
research, science education, science journalism, technical development, and other professional areas.
Prospective majors should
consult an adviser
in the Department of Physics and Astronomy before
choosing their courses.
In the astrophysics major, at least 15 credits of physics or astrophysics courses at the 300-level or higher
that are applied towards the major must be completed at Rutgers New Brunswick.
Required courses and suggested curricula for honors students and other well-prepared students:
First year: 01:750:271-272, 275-276; 01:640:151-152.
Second year: 01:750:273, 381-382, 351; 01:105:341, 342; 01:640:251, 244.
Third year: 01:750:361, 385-386; 01:105:344, 343; 01:640:423 or 421. 01:750:368 is
Fourth year: At least two courses out of 01:105:441, 442, 443, 444.
An alternate curriculum is available for students who did not begin with the Honors Physics sequence:
First year: 01:750:123-124; 01:640:151-152.
Second year: 01:750:227-228, 229-230, 381-382; 01:640:251, 244.
Third year: 01:750:361, 385-386, 351; 01:105:341, 342. 01:750:368 is recommended.
Fourth year: 01:640:423 or 421, 01:105:344, 343, and at least two courses out of 01:105:441, 442,
Students who took 01:750:203-204 (or 201-202) as their introductory physics sequence should consult a
departmental adviser to plan an appropriate curriculum for the astrophysics major.
Departmental Honors Program