Major Advising for Astrophysics 

All astrophysics majors have both an assigned faculty mentor and a major advisor. Students receive an email at the start of each quarter notifying them of their assigned faculty mentor. The faculty's contact information can be found on their Astronomy & Astrophysics Faculty or Physics Faculty webpage.

Your faculty mentor is a specialist in the discipline and can:

  • Answer questions on course content and help with choosing electives
  • Help you choose a senior thesis topic and thesis sponsor
  • Discuss your academic goals, graduate school prospects, and career opportunities

All students MUST meet with their faculty mentor prior to declaring the major. 

Your major advisor can provide assistance with:

  • Getting started in the major
  • Developing an academic plan
  • Qualifying for and declaring your major
  • Determining if you are ready to graduate

Major advising is available by appointment, or at drop-in advising, or by email.

For more advising support and services, visit our Academic Advising information.

Major Advisor: Nicole Madrigal
Physics Faculty Advisor: David Smith