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Degree Requirements

Officially spelled out here.


Complete eleven one-quarter courses in astronomy and physics. The core courses repeat on a two-year cycle, so all first and second years will overlap in certain classes. 


Astronomy courses are all pass-fail. Extra-departmental courses should be taken for pass-fail credit, and can include midterms and finals.


Ten credits must be taken every quarter. In the potentially inevitable case in which students take only one core course during a quarter, a "filler" independent study course with your advisor to fulfill the ten credit requirement is available through David Sugg.


First and second years are also expected to enroll in Astronomy 292 to preserve the colloquium room reservation.


Seven core courses

  • Astronomy 202 - Radiative Processes
  • Astronomy 204 - Astrophysical Flows
  • Astronomy 205 - Introduction to Astronomical Research and Teaching 
  • Astronomy 212 - Dynamical Astronomy
  • Astronomy 220A - Stellar Structure and Evolution
  • Astronomy 230 - Diffuse Matter in Space
  • Astronomy 233 - Physical Cosmology


Four Elective courses 

  • Read here
  • There exists a Statistics concentration for our Program, requiring the successful completion of the three graduate level Applied Math and Statistics 206, 212A, and 214 courses.
  • Students interested in an unlisted course may provide the syllabus for the course to the professor in charge of curriculum (most recently Brant Robertson 2017).  


Complete quarterly advising form... quarterly.


At the end of your second academic year, the annual Board Review will expect:

  • Completion of one quarter of independent study with a faculty member
  • Give a department talk on such work (FLASH)
  • Pass the prelim
  • Submit one lead-author paper to a refereed journal that is based on research conducted at UCSC. See other conditions on official site.


By the end of the third year, students should establish a committee of four professors and subsequently complete a qualifying examination that presents and defends a proposed thesis topic. The committee must include a non-UCSC affiliated professor.


The normative time to degree is five years. Upon completion of the Ph.D. dissertation, students must pass an oral dissertation defense. See official stipulations.


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