Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Florida Tech Catalog 
2024-2025 Florida Tech Catalog

Astronomy and Astrophysics, B.S.

Major Code: 7192 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Admission Status: Undergraduate
Location(s): Main campus - Melbourne

The undergraduate space sciences program for the astronomy and astrophysics major is designed for students interested in pursuing a broad range of space-related careers, either upon completion of the bachelor’s degree program or after completing graduate studies. The emphasis in the curriculum for the astronomy and astrophysics majors is on achieving a broad yet rigorous education in the basic physical, mathematical and engineering sciences as a foundation for successful entry into any of the many subfields of modern space science activity.

This program is designed to meet the needs of students intending to pursue graduate education and a career in the astronomical sciences.

Career Information for this Degree

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Astronomy and Astrophysics must complete the course requirements listed in the following sample curriculum. Because basic physics and introductory space sciences courses form a critically important foundation for all advanced coursework in the space sciences program, the minimum grade for satisfying the prerequisite requirements for a space sciences major is a grade of C for each of the following courses:


Candidates for the degree must successfully complete the following curriculum.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Spring (16 credit hours)

Senior Year

Fall (13 credit hours)

Spring (12 credit hours)

Total Credits Required: 121

*Students should register for SPS 1020 Introduction to Space Sciences . If a student places into MTH 1002 Calculus 2  or MTH 1020 Honors Calculus 2 , the student is encouraged to take PHY 1001 Physics 1  in the first semester and SPS 1020 Introduction to Space Sciences  later in the program.

**Students are encouraged to choose PHY 3152 Electronic Measurement Techniques , PHY 4030 Introduction to Subatomic Physics , PHY 4033 Introduction to Solid State Physics , SPS 3010 Geophysics , SPS 4030 Physics of the Atmosphere , SPS 4035 Comparative Planetology  or SPS 4039 Astrobiology .

***Courses taught on an alternate-year basis.