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Degree Programs in Astronomy

Emory's Department of Physics offers a variety of opportunities for students interested in astronomy, including BS and BA degrees in Physics and Astronomy, a Minor in Astronomy, and membership in the Emory Astronomy Club.

BS in Physics and Astronomy

The BS in Physics and Astronomy is designed for students who wish to take a concentrated program of study in physics and astronomy with the intention of pursuing graduate work or a career in astrophysics or related field.

  • Physics 151, 152, 253, 311, 312, 320, 361, 365, 421, 432, 461,
  • One physics elective, and
  • Mathematics 111, 112, 211 and 212


BA in Physics and Astronomy

The BA in Physics and Astronomy offers a core curriculum along with a selection of elective courses so that a student’s course of study can combine the fundamentals of physics/astronomy and other disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences. It is well-suited to students preparing to enter medicine, dentistry, law, business, science writing, secondary school teaching and multidisciplinary fields of science.


  • Physics 116, 151, 152, 211, 253, 254 (or 361 and 365), either 311 or 312,
  • Two four-hour physics electives approved by the department advisor
  • Mathematics 111 and 112


Minor in Astronomy

The Minor in Astronomy is designed to fulfill the needs of those Emory students who have an abiding curiosity and interest in astronomy yet have their primary interest in any one of many other possible academic fields. It requires a minimum of 20 credit hours, with at least a C average. Four credit hours may be taken on a S/U basis.

Required Courses for the Minor

Physics 116, either 141 and 142 or 151 and 152, 253, either 311 or 312
PHYS 115 can be accepted in lieu of PHYS 116 with permission of the DUS.