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Major Requirements

The following academic requirements are from the 2016/17 Vassar College Catalogue.

Requirements for Concentration:

10 units, including 5 units of astronomy, 3 units of physics including PHYS 200 and 2 additional units of intermediate or advanced work in either astronomy, physics, geology, computer science, or chemistry to be selected with the approval of the adviser. Only one introductory level astronomy course may count toward the major.

Prospective majors should consult the department as soon as possible. Normally such students should elect physics and mathematics as freshmen. After the declaration of an astronomy major, no astronomy courses or courses counted towards the major may be elected NRO.

Senior-Year Requirement:

  • ASTR 320 - Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium
    ASTR 322 - Galaxies and Galactic Structure
    ASTR 340 - Advanced Observational Astronomy


Additional work in mathematics, physics, and computer science. In particular, students planning on graduate work in astronomy should complete PHYS 310 , PHYS 320, and PHYS 341.