University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

B.S. in Astronomy Requirements

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Group 1. General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2011

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment lasting longer than one semester.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE basic, core, and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted at

Group 2. Major Requirements

  1. Required courses in Astronomy and Physics
    • ASTR 180 Principles of Astronomy I
    • ASTR 181 Principles of Astronomy II
    • ASTR 250 Observational Astronomy
    • ASTR 260 Computational Physics and Astronomy
    • ASTR 350 Stellar Astrophysics
    • ASTR 351 Galactic & Extragalactic Astrophysics
    • ASTR 495A–495B Seminar (2 semesters)
    • PHYS 170–170L General Physics I-Particles and Waves
    • PHYS 171–171L General Physics II-Electricity and Magnetism
    • PHYS 270 General Physics III-Introduction to Modern Physics
    • PHYS 371 General Physics IV-Classical Mechanics
    • PHYS 331 Optics
    • and nine additional hours from Physics or Astronomy numbered 300 or higher, not including ASTR 400
  2. Required courses in Mathematics and Computer Science
    • CS 150 Intro to Computer Science I
    • MATH 205–206 Calculus I-II
    • MATH 231–232 Calculus III-IV
    • MATH 300 Ordinary Differential Equations

Minimum Total Semester Hours Required For The B.S. in Astronomy

120 Semester Hours


  1. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required.
  2. A 2.0 or better in every required course above in ASTR, PHYS and MATH is required.
  3. A minimum of 30 upper division semester hours (300-level courses or above) is required.
  4. To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy, students must fulfill the requirements for the major and meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in the Catalog.)
  5. Students should always check course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered. This information is found in Course Listings the Catalog.
  6. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.