About Us

About Us
is made up of undergraduate students from Columbia and Barnard with a genuine interest in astronomy and who want to engage with other astronomy students, the department here at Columbia and the community at large. We welcome undergrads that are majoring in Astronomy/Astrophysics, other science disciplines, or people who simply have an interest in the subject.

Prospective Majors

Please visit this page to sign-up for information: Undergraduate Astronomy Sign-Up

Astrophysics Major Requirements
A minimum of 50 points, to be planned with the director of undergraduate studies before the beginning of the junior year as follows:
  1. Calculus sequence through MATH V1202 Calculus IV or MATH V1208 Honors mathematics IV .
  2. ASTR C2001-C2002 Introduction to astrophysics, I and II 
  3. Six points in astronomy at the 3000 level or above
  4. One of the following sequences:
    • PHYS C1401 Introduction to mechanics and thermal dynamics,
      PHYS C1402 Introduction to electricity, magnetism, and optics,
      PHYS C1403 Introduction to classical and quantum waves
    • PHYS C1601 Physics I: mechanics and relativity,
      PHYS C1602 Physics II: thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism,
      PHYS C2601 Physics III, classical and quantum waves
    • PHYS C2801-C2802 Accelerated physics, I and II
  5. PHYS W3003 Mechanics
  6. PHYS W3007 Electricity and magnetism
  7. PHYS W3008 Electromagnetic waves and optics
  8. PHYS G4021 Quantum mechanics, I or BC3006 Quantum physics
  9. PHYS G4022 Quantum mechanics II or
    PHYS G4023 Thermal and statistical physics