The astronomy concentration is designed for students interested in developing a basic understanding of astronomy and astrophysics and analyzing issues through a scientific viewpoint.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 26 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • 10 credit hours of upper division courses in physics and astronomy are chosen with approval of an Astronomy advisor.
  • * Both AST 113 and 321 must be taken to secure SQ credit.
  • ** Both AST 114 and 322 must be taken to secure SQ credit.
  • *** Both PHY 121 and 122 must be taken to secure SQ credit.
  • **** Both PHY 131 and 132 must be taken to secure SQ credit.


MAT 265 Calculus for Engineers I, MA (3)
OR MAT 270 Calculus I with Analytical Geometry I, MA (4)

MAT 266 Calculus for Engineers II, MA (3)
OR MAT 271 Calculus with Analytical Geometry II, MA (4)

MAT 267 Calculus for Engineers III, MA (3)
OR MAT 271 Calculus with Analytical Geometry III, MA (4)


Core 8 Hours

AST 321 Introduction to Planetary and Stellar Astrophysics (3) (Required)*

AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I (1) (Required)*

AST 322 Introduction to Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics (3) (Required) **

AST 114 Astronomy Laboratory II (1) (Required) **

Physics 8 Hours
Choose between the course combinations below:

PHY 121 University Physics I: Mechanics, SQ (3) *** and PHY 122 University Physics Laboratory I SQ (1) ***


PHY 131 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, SQ (3) **** AND PHY 132 University Physics Laboratory II SQ (1) ****


PHY 252 Physics III, SQ (4)

Electives 10 Hours Upper Division Required
Select in consultation with an Astronomy advisor.


All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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